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David Hamilton Jackson: His Life and Legacy

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Senate Vice President Janette Millin Young has called for all Virgin Islanders to commemorate the life & legacy of David Hamilton Jackson this upcoming Liberty Day weekend. David Hamilton Jackson contributed to the territory as an educator, editor, labor leader, lawyer, judge and legislator. With the help of several others, Jackson organized the first labor union in the Caribbean region, which this year, is observing the centennial of its founding.

"D. Hamilton Jackson's life's work established a lasting legacy of the tireless promotion of human rights & civil liberties & the protection of free speech that should never be forgotten which must be protected by this & future generations," Senator Millin Young said.

In 1915, Jackson was selected by the union to travel to Denmark to petition King Christian X & the Danish Parliament to provide better working conditions, higher wages & to remove the law that censored all publications that were not government subsidized. After gaining additional rights & privileges and publishing the first issue of the Herald, a bull was slaughtered & roast beef and bread was served to the people in celebration. The Grove Place Action Committee continues this tradition and Liberty Day is commonly referred to as "Bull & Bread Day."

Millin Young commended the Grove Place Action Committee which hosts its annual event honoring Jackson's life & legacy. It is held in Grove Place in the park that is named in his honor.

"We stand on the shoulders of such great men & women whose contributions have made it possible for Virgin Islanders to make great social & political advancements during the last century. This generation must continue to thrust forward and build on their achievements to ensure that their contributions remain inspirational in the eyes of our children and indeed the world," Senator Millin Young concluded.

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