The video of this talk is now available:
On Thursday, February 9, 2017, 5:30 pm, Dr. George Tyson, Historian and President of the Virgin Islands Social History Associates (VISHA), will present a lecture focusing on the direct participation of the Danish Monarchy in the slave trade and slavery in the Danish West Indies.
As has been recently acknowledged by the current Danish Prime Minister, the shared history of the people of Denmark and the U.S. Virgin Islands that is being remembered this Centennial year had a very dark side that was grounded upon the institutionalization of racial slavery and the slave trade by the Kingdom of Denmark-Norway between 1672 and 1848. The nature, legacies and problematics of slavery and the slave trade in the former Danish West Indies continue to spark a necessary and lively dialogue between Danes and Virgin Islanders about their past and future relationships.
Dr. Tyson’s presentation seeks to contribute to that evolving trans-Atlantic conversation by bringing into the open the facts and extent of the Danish Monarchy’s direct involvement in both the slave trade and slave ownership. Drawing largely on historical documents deposited in the Danish National Archives, and soon to be published online, he will unravel the virtually untold story of how the Danish Kings became the largest slave owners in their Caribbean dominions.
Throughout his presentation, Dr. Tyson will discuss the nature and challenges of the historical document that he has relied on. The talk will be followed by a 20 minute discussion period.
Dr. George F. Tyson is a leading authority on Virgin Islands history. A resident of St. Croix, he has taught at the University of the Virgin Islands and has served as Executive Director of the St. Croix Landmarks Society, President of the St. Thomas Historical Trust and President of the Society of Virgin Islands Historians. He has also been a consultant to UNESCO, the Organization of American States and the Virgin Islands National Park. Currently, he is the Director of the St. Croix African Roots Project, a collaboration of Danish and American scholars engaged in digitizing and studying biographical and demographic records relating to the St. Croix during the period of Danish rule. He has authored numerous scholarly books and articles.