USVI Commissioner of Tourism Pamela C. Richards has announced a unique series of summer events entitled “Hamilton: The Formative Years.” The four-day celebration, presented by Lieutenant Governor Vargrave Richards and supported by the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism, the University of the Virgin Islands, National Park Services and U.S. Department of the Interior, will focus on the 10 years during which Alexander Hamilton lived on St. Croix. Commissioner of Tourism Richards said, “The celebration of Hamilton’s life on St. Croix and his impact as a leader of our country is a wonderful way to highlight the depth of United States Virgin Islands’ history.”
Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury of the United States of America, came to St. Croix when he was nine years old and stayed until he was almost 17. The scheduled events coincide with the 200th anniversary of Hamilton’s untimely death in 1804, in which he was mortally wounded in the infamous duel with Aaron Burr.
The festivities of the weekend will focus on Hamilton’s time on St. Croix as well as his accomplishments as an American leader.