our island our home Nov 5th 9.15am
This short educational film documents the activism and insights of a well-known historical figure in the US Virgin Islands, Senator Theovald Moorehead (1916-1995), to remind young Virgin Islanders to dream, be brave, and stay the course as they struggle today to manage the luxury tourism development of their home island, St. John. As one young St. Johnian explains, "the space has lost its deep culture."
In 1958, Senator Moorehead cautioned islanders against making the island a happy place for tourists, but instead to secure a happy island for everyone, including the residents. He was critical of the Virgin Islands National Park and its role in creating an environment unsupportive of the island's historic community. His caution was warranted. Today ancestral St. Johnians and Virgin Islanders find themselves navigating an increasingly gentrified and tourism-dominated space where they feel less and less welcome.