Today, November 1st, is Liberty Day in the Virgin Islands, a day when we celebrate the varied accomplishments of David Hamilton Jackson who spent his life advocating for the rights and civil liberties of the people of the Territory.
Liberty Day kicks off the observance of David Hamilton Jackson Month, the manner by which the Legislature has committed to honoring Jackson’s lifetime achievements.
In a time of oppression, Jackson displayed both courage and valor in leading the fight against unfair labor conditions and inadequate wages. He was successful in establishing the first labor union, through which he gave workers a voice, and a means to exert more economic influence.
Liberty Day serves as a day of commemoration as we reflect on the progressive developments and advances of D. Hamilton Jackson. A common practice of partaking in bull and bread on this day, dates back to the early 1900’s when Jackson was instrumental in creating The Herald newspaper. His efforts of traveling to Denmark to repeal the prohibition of independent newspapers was successful and widely celebrated.
Jackson continued to leave his trailblazing mark of excellence in his role as a lawyer, politician, and judge. In these roles, he was able to affect change on the judicial system of the Virgin Islands in the areas of justice and equality. He will forever be recognized as a great stalwart of our time and a staple in Virgin Islands history.
Happy D. Hamilton Jackson Day!