Did you know in the early part of the twentieth century the Castries Town Board had offered scholarships for boys tenable at St. Mary’s College?

Many of St. Lucia’s distinguished sons received a secondary school education because of the Castries Town Board Scholarship. No such opportunity was afforded to the girls and it was not quite understandable how the Board in so many other instances had stood up for equal opportunity, had lost sight of such an obvious inconsistency for so long.

However, that was rectified in 1939 and girls were offered scholarships to St. Joseph’s Convent. About that same time the Board agreed to grant aid to all its scholars by supplying them with books free of charge.

Source: Historical review of the Castries Municipality from 1785-1967 by Francis J. Carasco – 1967

Did you know in 1670, Lady Mico left £1000 to her nephew Samuel on condition that he married one of his cousins?

If he did not marry one of them the money would ‘go to the ransom of any poor Christian seamen captured by the Barbary pirates of North Africa.’ Samuel refused and the money was invested instead.

It was the abolitionist Thomas Fowell Buxton who convinced the trustees that using the money to educate the freed slave children instead was in the spirit of lady Mico’s original intentions.

Did you know children initially worked until age eighteen? However, in 1862, it was further enacted that this period should be no less than three years. Therefore, a seventeen year-old had to work until age twenty.

Source: A History of St. Lucia by Harmsen, Ellis & Devaux – 2012

This feature runs every Tuesday and Thursday. It is compiled by daughter of the soil Anselma Aimable, a former agricultural officer and former correspondent for Caribbean Net News, who has a deep interest in local culture and history. Send ideas and tips to [email protected] 


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