I have experienced many opportunities to meet interesting people on my path, and one of those is passionately working on a preservation project for the U.S. Virgin Islands. Jette M. Abildgaard, a well traveled lady from Denmark found something in the Virgin Islands that she feels needs to be preserved so people of the world will learn about slavery trade to the U.S.
A port was designated to transfer slaves, and Jette told me the U.S. is interested in the preservation project, and has found Denmark to be reserved about it. Perhaps the government is hesitant to admit any responsibility for the slavery trade.
Jette has been traveling and speaking to people about the project and seeking funds to support it. I have included what she has sent to me, and the website of the current state of the Islands:
The entire project will be parted in 5 smaller projects – first one will be the restoration of the old Creque Marine Railway on Hassel Island which you can see on this link – there is a short documentary when you scroll down http://www.seestjohn.com/hassel_island.html
Next project is to build the replica and the third is to create live museum while we build the frigate.
The fourth project to create cooperation between the 3 Continents – inviting young people to the US Virgin Islands to participate in this job and, to educate them in the skills of being a shipbuilder, smithy, sail- and or rope maker etc.
And finally the last project which will be to sail the old slave routes with information and awareness about slavery in the past and present, with a special focus on child slavery.
I hope you like the project and, I will send you a copy of the final proposal when we finish. – This is what we are hunting funds for at present and, when this is done, we need to find much more funding which I am sure you will know. Thankfully I am in contact with many very good people – among others, some of the people who participated in building the Amistad and making the movie about this ship as well, so hopefully……….but, should you know anyone who might have an interest, please do not hesitate to let me know.
Jette M. Abildgaard Ph.: 353 868983356