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ST.THOMAS- Members of the 32nd Legislature, led by Senate President Myron Jackson, hosted “Reflections” a memorial program dedicated to honoring former and late Senate President of the 20th Legislature Bingley G. Richardson, Sr. on Thursday at the Capitol building.


“There is an African Proverb that says when an old man dies, a library burns to the ground,” said Sen. Jackson. “Richardson was a civil rights activist, policymaker, businessman, griot, mariner, pan-Africanist, father and a family man. Senator Richardson epitomized the best you can ask of a native son. He was a fearless leader who loved people dearly. He dedicated his life to the upliftment of his race.”


Glen “Kwabena” Davis also shared reflections.


“When Richardson saw that the carnival was moving away from Virgin Islands culture and imitating the carnival in Trinidad, he inspired the troupes to have themes that represent the Territory,” said Davis. He continued, “Bingley instituted that carnival in the Virgin Islands showcase and highlight our culture, our people and our daily experiences because we have a lot to offer.”


Separately, Marcella Jennings said, “Bingley was best known as a sober and serious man. His principles and character was inspired by the late Marcus Garvey. I wanted to note that Bingley’s leadership was fair and he was a good man.”


Additional aspects of the memorial program include Jason Meade the Conch Shell Blower, the invocation and benediction was led by Pastor Vickki Parris, The New Beginning Christian Fellowship sang the National Anthem, Gylchris Sprauve sang the Virgin Islands March, Detra Davis sang the Black National Anthem.  There were several musical selections that was presented by Lorna Freeman and remarks were given by senators.


Sen. Brian Smith said, “Bingley Richardson made a big impact on all of us. He was a different man who carried himself with pride and distinction. He walked and talked differently. When Bingley spoke, everyone listened.”


“I did not have a personal relationship with Bingley Richardson. However, I thank him for impacting my life in two ways,” said Sen. Tregenza Roach. “One, Bingley raised community awareness and African consciousness to who we are as a people. Secondly, his outstanding commitment and courage to protect the natural resources of the Virgin Islands.”


Senators who were present are Myron Jackson, Brian Smith, Tregenza Roach and Janette Millin Young.


Richardson will Lie in State for public viewing on Friday, June 9, 2017 at the Capitol Building in the Earle B. Ottley Legislative Hall from 4:00-7:00pm. The funeral service will be on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Christchurch Methodist Church Market Square. Interment will be at Western Cemetery No. 3.