Dollar Fo ‘Dollar to host 16th event in honor of 1892 coal workers’ strike on September 26
The public is invited to the 16th Annual Dollar for the Dollar Culture and History Tour: A Remembrance of the Coal Workers’ Strike of 1892. It will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 26, in St. Thomas. via Zoom.
The free and interactive event will include a performance by dancers and drummers Ulla Muller Bamboula; a bamboula dance workshop by the Caribbean Ritual Dancers; an interview with the author Enrique Corneiro about his book “The charcoal women of St. Thomas”; an introduction by Gylchris Sprauve to Dutch Creole, the ancient language of African slaves in the Virgin Islands; and a presentation on “Queen Coziah: The Truth”, by genealogists and storytellers Nadine Marchena Kean and Ruby Simmonds Esannason.
The activities are organized to celebrate the hundreds of 19th and 20th century coal workers and Queen Coziah, who led a successful protest in the streets of Charlotte Amalie for better wages.
This cultural experience is offered free to the public, through partnerships with all participating individuals and organizations, to include Conch Shell Media and 340 Bookstore located in Crown Bay Marina, which offers a discount on “The Coal Women of St. Thomas”, to anyone who mentions the event.
This year’s event is dedicated to the memory of two culture bearers who have contributed over the years to the Dollar fo ‘Dollar tour. Michael Sheen was instrumental in sharing historic postcards of the Virgin Islands coal industry featured in the annual exhibit; Clarence “Ras Lumumba” Leonard actively participated in the drums for the events. The organizers are grateful for the many ways their creative spirit has enriched the community.
To pre-register for this year’s event, go to www.zoom.com, click on “Join a meeting” and enter the username: 8813 164 1279 and the password: D4D.
Alternatively, just click on: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwsdOiuqjooHd0l0-7C2aAcHdcwYBoVJnM3
To participate from a landline, dial 301-715-8592. After registering, the caller will receive a confirmation email with information about whether to join the meeting.
For more information, visit www.dollarfodollar.org or www.facebook.com/dollarfodollar or email [email protected]