May 2022

Vigo Blake Day

May 29, 1813 – The first formal schoolroom to teach enslaved people in the West Indies was opened in Bethesda, Antigua (source: Horsford J. A Voice from the West Indies, 1856).   The project was completed due in large measure to the involvement of Vigo Blake and his colleagues who were enslaved on the Blake Estate. …

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Foster Roberts

February 21st, 1966 – Foster Roberts was born to Raphel Roberts (deceased) and Hyacinth Christopher-Archibald in the village of Bethesda where he was also raised. He was mostly raised by his grandmother, Eva Francis, as his mother was a live-in worker at the Mill Reef Club. He recalls the era during which he was raised …

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Denmore Roberts

January 24th 1976- Denmore Dwight  Tony Roberts was born to Hilma Charles (Liberta) and James Roberts (All Saints). He was raised in the village of Liberta and began his education at the Liberta Primary School before moving on to the All Saints Secondary School.  Upon completion of his secondary education in 1993, Roberts entered the …

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Antigua and Barbuda Union of Teachers

The organisation officially got its start in 1926 under the name ‘Antigua Union of Teachers’ with the involvement of two notable names in education; Thomas Noel Kirnon (Principal, St. John’s Boys School) and Mary Elizabeth Pigott (Principal, St John’s Girls’ School). Initially, the organisation functioned as an ordinary interest group where members who shared a …

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