Today in the Virgin Islands we celebrate Liberty Day, otherwise known as Bull and Bread Day in honor of David Hamilton Jackon, a labor leader, a civil rights activist and a friend to his people.
David Hamilton Jackson was born in the then Danish West Indies on the island of St. Croix on September 28, 1884. He was raised by his parents who were both teachers. He earned his law degree and was also a teacher and bookkeeper. He used his talents to defend the conditions under which the people of the Virgin Islands lived. Known as the "Black Moses" by locals, he advocated for them throughout his life. Some of his most salient accomplishments were:
The list of his accomplishments are endless. Ultimately he fought tirelessly for the rights of the people of these territories both under Danish Colonial rule and as a territory of the United States.
Annually Virgin Islanders celebrate this great man who died on May 30, 1946. This year, a major celebration was held in Grove Place St. Croix where the traditional Bull and Bread, roast beef and pumpernickel bread, were served.
Virgin Islander continue to remember him as a local hero and maintain that November 1st is an official VI Government holiday.