July 3 marks 171 years since Virgin Islands Emancipation

Virgin Islands Emancipation anniversary

Virgin Islands Emancipation anniversary


The Virgin Islands will observe two very significant holidays on July 3 and 4 – the 171st anniversary of the Emancipation of enslaved Africans in the former Danish West Indies and the 243rd Independence of the United States of America. 

Governor Kenneth E. Mapp encouraged residents to participate in Emancipation and Independence Day activities throughout the Territory. The Governor will observe both holidays on St. John.

“The Virgin Islands is thankful for the assistance and support of our great nation as we rebuild our islands from the devastation of two Category 5 hurricanes,” said Governor Mapp. “We recognize the rights and privileges afforded to us under the American flag.”


Information courrtesy of www.vi.gov.