Saturday, July 22, 2006

V. I. Delegation Visiting Ghana

Ancestral home of many Virgin Islanders

ST. THOMAS - The V.I. government is sending representatives to Ghana this week to participate in the country's Emancipation Day celebrations. The group hopes to restore ties to the West African nation and further explore the issue of reparations. From Sunday to July 30, Ghana's liberation commemorations will take place in the capital city of Accra. The official delegation includes Dr. Carlyle Corbin, Minister of State for External Affairs, and Myron Jackson, director of the V.I. State Historic Preservation Office, who left Thursday. Delegate to Congress Donna Christensen is scheduled to join them next week. Shelley Moorhead, president of the St. Croix-based African-Caribbean Reparations and Resettlement Alliance, is helping to coordinate the visit between local officials and those in Ghana. "The participation of the delegation in our event this year certainly signifies the renewal of ties between the Virgin Islands and Ghana," said Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, Ghana's minister of tourism. After visiting the Virgin Islands in September, Obetsebi-Lamptey extended an official invitation to the territory's people in March to visit their ancestral homeland to begin the process of repair. See Complete Article: V.I. delegation visiting Ghana, ancestral home of many Virgin ...

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