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Project Introspection of the Department of Education like
other local governmental agencies has absorbed the significance
of the first elected Governor of the Virgin Islands. In salute
to this outstanding occasion we are happy to present this
publication. Included are:
Ten steps to a Great Milestone which is a graphical attempt tr
show the ten civilian governors and thair terms of office, and
terminates with Governor Evans. The biographical data is
offered as resource material for classroom use. Of equal impor
tance is Bill No. 4705 authorizing the Eight Legislature of the
Virgin Islands to provide a symbol of office for the Governor
of the Virgin Islands. Enclosed is copy of said bill.
Following the bill is a simplified version of the regalia as
presented by the designer. A description of the chain can be
found in the proposal or be obtained from this office.
This material is all shared by a large silk screened study pr'
of Governor Evans, as done by Grace Ellis and Jim Tillet.
We are extremely grateful to office of Public Relations,
Office of the Governor for his biographical data, to Mr. Rufus
Vanderpool for the copy of the proposal, to Miss Janet Re for
her sketch of the regalia.
P.S. Extra copies of Ten Steps To A Great Milestone are
included for wider distribution and display purposes.
EVANS, MELVIN HERBERT -July 1,1969
PAIEWONSKY, RALPH April 5, 1961-February 2, 1969
MERWIN, JOHN DAVID September 28, 1958-April 5, 1961
GORDON, WALTER October 7, 1955-September 25, 1958
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ALEXANDER, ARCHIE April 9, 1954-August 31, 1955
deCASTRO, MORRIS FIDANQUE March 24, 1950-April 9, 1954
HASTIE, WILLIAM May 17, 1946-November 30, 1949
SHARWOOD, CHARLES February 2, 1941-May 16, 1946
CRAMER, LAWRENCE W. August 31, 1935-February 1, 1941
PEARSON, PAUL M. February 14, 1931-July 23, 1935
TEN STEP 0T A GNRAT MILESTONE
EVANS, MELVIN HERBERT
Governor Melvin Herbert Evans was born in Christiansted,
St. Croix, Virgin Islands of the U. S. A., on August 7, 1917,
the son of Charles and Maude (Rogiers) Evans. He attended
the Christiansted Public Grammar and Junior High Schools
and completed his secondary education at the Charlotte Amalie
High School in St. Thomas where he was VHledictorian of his
In 1936 he attended Howard University where he was
graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1940. He received his
medical degree with honors from the Howard University
Medical School in 1944.
Following his medical internship in New York City,
he became Physician in Charge of the Frederiksted Munici-
pal Hospital, a position he held until 1948 when he became
Senior Assistant Surgeon in the United States Public Health
Service, Washington, D. C. In 1950, Doctor Evans resumed
his position of Physician in Charge of the Frederiksted
Municipal Hospital until 1951 when he became Assistant
Commissioner of Health for the Virgin Islands and Chief
Municipal Physician for St. Croix.
In 1956, Doctor Evans became a Fellow in Cardiology
at the John Hokpins University. He returned to St. Croix in
1957 and became Commissioner of Health for the Virgin
Islands in 1958, a position he held until 1967 when he
entered private practice. In 1966, he took a leave of
absence for a year to secure his Masters ]egree in Public
Health from the University of California, Berkeley, California.
Doctor Evans is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of
the College of the Virgin Islands and a member of the Board
of Directors of the Good Hope School. He is also a charter
member of the Rotary Club and has served as Chairman of
the Board of Medical Examiners, President of the Virgin
Islands Medical Association and Chairman of the Governor's
Commission on Human Services.
He is active in many professional organizations inclu-
ding the American Medical Association, The American
Association of Public Health Physicians, of which he is a
charter member, The American Public Health Association,
the National Medical Association and the Pan American
Doctor Evans attends the Wesleyan Church of St. Croix
and Is a member of the Masonic Order. He is married to
the former Mary Phyllis Anderson and they have four sons.
The last appointed Governor, The Honorable
Melvin H. Evans was inaugurated as the 10th Civilian
Governor of the U. S. Virgin Islands, on July 1, 1969 by
the Honorable William H. Hastie, Chief Judge of the Third
Circuit Court of Appeals.
The elected Governor Bill became a reality in August
1968 when it was finally passed by the Senate and the race
for the first elected governor of the Virgin Islands began
shortly after. Governor Evans with David E. Mass as his
running mate for Lieutenant Governor entered the race as
the torch bearer for the Republican party. Because the
bill specifically states that the winning candidate must
receive 50% plus 1 of all votes cast, a run off election
between Mr. Cyril E. King and Governor Evans was neces-
As a result of this election on November 17, 1970,
Governor Evans emerged the victor with a count of 8,25
votes and captured the honor of being the First Elected
Governor of the Virgin Islands. His new term of office
begins on January 4, 1971.
BILL No. 4705
EIGHTH LEGISLATURE OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
OF THE UNITED STATES
To Provide a Symbol of Office for the Governor of the Virgin Islands.
STATEMENT OF MOTIVES
On January. 4 1971, the people of the Virgin Islands will witness the
inauguration of the first popularly elected Governor of the Virgin Islands. This
historic event marks the end of an era in which the Governor was appointed and
the beginning of a new era of ever increased self-government for the people of
the Virgin Islands. Traditionally, there has been no real symbol of office for
the Governor of the Virgin Islands; however, the inauguration of the First
Elected Governor offers the people of the Virgin Islands an opportunity to establish
a symbol of office which will link the long history and culture of the Virgin Is-
lands to an historic election of the First Elected Chief Executive Officer of the
BE IT ENACTED by the Legislature of the Virgin Islands:
SECTION 1. The President of the Legislature is hereby authorized to
cause to be prepared a-symbol of office for the Governor of the Virgin Islands.
The symbol shall be a chain of ribbon and metal designed to be worn over the
shoulder. There shall be seven gold circular shields and each shield shall be
embossed with the flag or standard of each nation that has held soverignity over
the people of the Virgin Islands. These shields shall culminate in a large "VI. "
on a golden plate, having at its base three pearls symbolizing the three major
islands of the Virgin Islands and the date of the inauguration of the first elected
Governor of the Virgin Islands. This symbol of office shall be presented to the
Governor at the time of his inauguration.
SECTION 2. There is hereby appropriated to the offices of the Legislature
of the Virgin Islands the sum' of $2, 000 out of any funds available in the Treasury
of the Virgin Islands for the fiscal year July 1, 1970, through June 30, 1971, for
the purposes of this Act.
Thus passed by the Legislature of the Virgin Islands on December 21, 1970.
Witness our Hands and the Seal of the Legislature of the Virgin Islands this
21st Day of December, A. D., 1970.
A. DAVID PUTZ
PROPOSED SYMBOL OF OFFICE FOR THE GOVERNOR OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
Design & Proposal Rufus W. Vanderpool
Research Enid M. Baa
Layout & Production Director Phillip Corneiro
Legislative Liaison Geraldo F. Guirty
Made by Janet Re
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To another FIRST in our history
Like Jackson, Buddhoe and Queen Mary
Who believed in GETTING TOGETHER
Regardless of origin, creed or color
May their heroic courage, foresight
Be your guide in charting our destiny.
Grace Ellis Graphic Artist
Ruth Doyle Curriculum Specialist
Ruth Moolenaar Coordinator