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vicgl(St. Thomas, USVI) – The Caribbean Genealogy Library on St. Thomas will have its Annual Membership Meeting on Tuesday January 12th, at 5:30 pm, at the library, which is located in Al Cohen’s Plaza at the top of Raphune Hill.

CGL is pleased to have a special guest speaker for the annual meeting, Dr. Pernille Ipsen, assistant professor in the departments of Gender and Women’s Studies and History at the University of Wisconsin.Dr. Ipsen specializes in the cultural and social history of the Atlantic world with a broad interest in interracial marriage. Her book “Daughters of the Trade: Atlantic Slavers and Interracial Marriage on the Gold Coast” follows five generations of marriages between African women and European men in an Atlantic slave trading port on the Gold Coast. It begins in the early eighteenth century, when Christiansborg became the headquarters for the Danish slave trade in West Africa. It ends in 1850, after the European side of the slave trade had officially been abolished. It shows how intermarrying with Europeans opened a special position for Euro-Africans in the increasingly stratified Atlantic World.

The CGL annual meeting will also include election of board of directors and a review of activities and projects undertaken by the organization during the last year. CGL members and anyone interested in joining are encouraged to attend; membership options start at $35/year. Membership provides access to the library’s wonderful collection of books and records. The meeting including guest speaker’s lecture is open the public. There is a library visitor fee of $5 for non-members.

Caribbean Genealogy Library’s mission to identify, preserve and provide access to Caribbean genealogy, history and cultural heritage information resources for the Virgin Islands and the Caribbean. The library houses unique and rare books on Virgin Islands history and culture; funeral booklets, microfilms; and provides access to church records and other documents. It is located in the Al Cohen’s Plaza (at the top of Raphune Hill). The library is on the 2nd floor, above Paint Depot. For more information call CGL at (340) 714-2136

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