Committee Culture, Youth, Aging, Sports, and Parks
The Committee on Culture, Youth, Aging, Sports, and Parks has scheduled a hearing on Wednesday, February 22, 2023, 10:00 A.M. in the Frits E. Lawaetz Legislative Conference Room on St. Croix to receive testimony and updates regarding the progress and challenges associated with the upcoming 175th Anniversary of the Emancipation Celebration. We will receive information from representatives of the 175th Emancipation Commemoration Committee, local government agencies, committees, and commissions with jurisdiction and roles over the 175th Emancipation Celebration, and other organizations and stakeholders relevant to this historic event.
BLOCK I: 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
Updates and status of preparations for the 175th Emancipation Commemoration, including reporting from the sub-committees, timelines, tasks, roles & responsibilities and any challenges that the committee is facing.
Carol M. Burke, Chairwoman, and other members, 175th Emancipation Commemoration Committee
LUNCH 12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.
BLOCK II: 1:00 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.
Updates from Virgin Islands Government agencies with jurisdiction, roles, and responsibilities over the 175th Emancipation Celebration and how they plan to assist the 175th Emancipation Commemoration Committee.
The Honorable Jean-Pierre L. Oriol, Commissioner
Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources
Mr. Sean Krigger, Deputy SHPO
State Historic Preservation Office/VI Historic Preservation Commission
Mr. Jose Raul Carillo, Chair of the Board
Virgin Islands Council on the Arts
The Honorable Joseph Boschulte, Commissioner
Virgin Islands Department of Tourism
The Honorable Derek Gabriel, Commissioner
Virgin Islands Department of Public Works
Mr. Roger E. Merritt, Executive Director
Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority
BLOCK III: 3:30 P.M. – 5:30 P.M.
Updates from stakeholders and organizations associated with the 175th Emancipation Celebration and how they plan to assist the 175th Emancipation Commemoration Committee.
Ms. Luana Wheatley, President
St. Thomas Historical Trust
Ms. Sonia Jacobs Dow, Executive Director
St. Croix Landmarks Society
Ms. Pamela Richards President
St. John Historic Society
Ms. Frandelle Gerard, Executive Director
Crucian Heritage, and Nature Tourism