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Evans, Melvin Herbert  

Alexander J. Chenault

the first black popularly elected governor of the United States Virgin Islands, Delegate to the United States House of Representatives, and ambassador, was born in Christiansted, St. Croix, Virgin Islands, to 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 graduated as valedictorian of his class.

At the age of nineteen, Evans moved to Washington, D.C., and studied at Howard University, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1940. In 1944 he received his medical degree with honors from the Howard University Medical School. Evans married Mary Phyllis Anderson, a nurse he met while completing his medical internship at Harlem Hospital in New York City in 1945, and they had four sons together: Melvin Herbert Jr., Robert Rogiers, William Charles and ...


Francis, Cleve  

Pamela Foster

the only son and eldest of six children of Cleveland Francis, a janitor, and Mary Francis, a maid. While growing up Francis was inspired by the banjo, fiddle, harmonica, guitar, and other musical sounds he heard both in his neighborhood and on radio. He also was self-inspired to escape the poverty of his hometown any way he could.

Education would be his ticket out. After he built a guitar from an old King Edward cigar box and in 1953 asked for a twenty-five-dollar Sears Silvertone guitar, his mother knew that requiring Francis to keep up his grades in exchange for the guitar would ensure that he developed both his intellectual and musical skills. After high school in 1963 Francis enrolled at Southern University in Baton Rouge Louisiana as a pre med student where Dr Huel Perkins head of Southern s music department took an interest in his music This ...


Quivers, William Wyatt, Sr.  

William W. Quivers

pediatric cardiologist and Tuskegee Airmen supply officer, was born in Phoebus, Virginia, the second child of Robert and Irma Quivers. His father worked as stable hand and his mother as a schoolteacher. When his mother fell ill with typhoid, William helped the public health nurse who looked after her. His interest in medicine was piqued.

With the encouragement of his family, Quivers went to nearby Hampton Institute as a physical education major in 1937, lettering in both tennis and football. After World War II broke out he was drafted in 1942 but convinced the medical officers to let him finish college and to stay on for several months to train in medical technology. He entered the Army Air Corps in 1942 and then was sent to Officer's Candidate School in 1944 The same year he was detailed to Tuskegee to become a post processing and ...


Tejada Florentino, Manuel Antonio  

Togarma Rodriguez

was born on 21 October 1910 in Salcedo, a remote town of Hermanas Mirabal Province in the Cibao Valley situated in the northern region of the Dominican Republic. From a young age, Tejada Florentino was known for his hard work, discipline, and strong sense of solidarity—qualities he would carry on into adulthood. He was well known for his dedication to the promotion of Freemasonry within the Dominican Republic, as well as promoting the development of athletic clubs. He was instrumental in establishing the first Boy Scout organization in his hometown of Salcedo. A humanist at heart, Florentino enjoyed reading literature and listening to music; he is also known as the first director of his hometown’s music band.

Though he was forced to work from a very early age in order to supplement his mother s income first as a bootblack and then as a carpenter he dedicated himself to the ...