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St. Kitts and Nevis: Pioneers, Quote for Pioneers and Pioneering Travel Teachers, Quote for travel teachers and Events: 1965  to 1990

PIONEERS TO ST. KITTS

Compiled by Patricia Paccassi as of 1988; revised 1991; October. 1994, March 2010, July 2011

CODE:

PIO:=Pioneer;

TT :=travel teacher from outside national area;

TTP:=travel teacher and pioneer from within national area;

TTL:=West Indian travel teacher;

HND:=Hand of the Cause of God;

CBC:=member of the Continental Board of Counsellors; ABM:=Auxiliary Board Member;

NSA:=member of a national spiritual assembly,

Note: Data enclosed in parenthesis  [   ]  is my data source:  see source page for details  SOURCES

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NOTE: Check to see when Ralph Alcendor [to Basseterre] and Edwin Adams [to Sandy Point] pioneered, USA[AF/01.a]

PIO: 1966: March 12-April 1966 to St. Eustacius; O.T. Sheldon.  [AF/01.a]

PIO: 1966: Mid [??] to August. 1967 to St. Croix; Mary Allen, USA to Basseterre [NL/03.i]

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Mary Allen

PIO: 1966: September 26-January 23 1967 to Antigua [January-February. 1967]  Harriett Cruver, USA to Basseterre; [AF/01.a]

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PIO: 1975: July-December.; Betty Betty Palmer St Kitts and Frank Palmer,  Frank Palmer St Kitts USA [AF/01.a]  [PF/25-0.5]

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PIO: 1981: March-June 1982. Bud and Myra Davis reported to have come here from St. Vincent due to delay with Ness Cottage renovations, needs checking [AF/23] to Antigua  [PF/25-0.6]

PIO: 1981: August 2-June 1983 Susan & Clarence Rishworth, USA [PF/25-0.6]

PIO: 1987: January, George & Shirley Mather,  Shirley Mather USA, via St. Thomas [AF/31-December 1986 update]

NOTE: see St. Kitts events for explanation of cutoff date... pp

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 TRAVEL TEACHERS TO ST. KITTS

Compiled by Patricia Paccassi as of 1988; revised 1991; October 1994, March 2010, July 2011

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TTP : 1953:   Ben Weeden, Knight of Baha’u’llah, US

TT : 1965: August. David Schreiber, Hawaii and Mr. Mc Kensie Edwards of Barbuda [NL/03.f]

TTP: 1965: Late: Melvin Barber, St. Thomas[NL/03.e]

TT: 1965 approx:  (from Victor Browne) A “hunchback” came to Brown Hill (Nevis?) and introduced the Faith (could this be Don Larson, a biological dwarf?  S.R)

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TT: 3/66 Arden Lee from Colorado was a travel teacher. (Mary Allan came and settled around this time.   Taught in Mt. Lilly, Nevis... a relative of Florence Parry, whom she taught the Faith.)

TT : 1966: July 29-August 1; Francis Foss, USA [NL/03.g]

TTP: 1966: December. weekend; Katherine Meyer, St. Thomas to either St. Kitts or Nevis, to be verified [NL/03.i]

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TT :  1967: January. Elizabeth Thomas, USA, [NL/03.j]

NSA: 1967: November. Loraine Landau, Saba [PF/25-ALP-saba]

TTS: 1967: November; area National Teaching Committee members, Bill Nedden, O.T.  Shelton,

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TTP: 1968: Early; Several visits from OT Sheldon of  St. Eustacius [NL/21.f]

TTP: 1968: Early; Francis Foss from St. Martin  [NL/21.f]

TTP: 1968: Early; Ron Lucero from St. Croix [NL/21.f]

TTP: 1968: Mid: David Morris; from St. Thomas [NL.21.h]

TTP: 1968: October 21-22, Katherine Meyer, St. Thomas, report [PF/25-0.4G]

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TTP: 1972: February: Karen Wood, Barbados [AF/23]

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TT : 1974: March. Elizabeth Thomas, USA [PF/25-ALP]

TT : 1974: ??? Miss DeLorio, ?? [PF/25-ALP]

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TTP: 1975: April. Shirley Mather [PF/25-ALP]

TT : 1975: July/August, several days, Marilyn Phillips, USA [PF/25-0.5]

TT : 1975: August, several days, Roger Cheney, USA [PF/25-0.5]

TT : 1975: November/December several days, Ray & Edna Fechtner, USA  [PF/25-0.5]

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TT : 1976: March/April ??? Elizabeth Thomas, USA [PF/25-0.5]

TT : 1976: April 30/May 8, Albert Segen & Edith Johnson, USA PF/25-0.5]

HND: 1976/1977 Paul Haney [AF/24]

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Paul Haney  (20 September 1909 - 3 December 1982)    Appointed by Shoghi  as a replacement for Dorothy Baker (deceased) 19 March 1954 

HND: 1976/1977 Enoch Olinga [PF/25-0.4D]

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Enoch Olinga (1926-1979) Appointed by Shoghi Effendi in final Contingent of Hands in October 1957

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TT : 1976: March 22-April 2, a day, Elizabeth Thomas USA [PF/25-0.5]

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TT : 1977: June, 2 weeks, Robert Malouf, USA [PF/25-0.5]

TT : 1977: August, several days, Helen Barnes USA [PF/25-0.5]

ABM: 1977: August/September, 1 week, Gladys Stuart, Belize [PF/25-0.5]

TTP: 1977: October/November several days, Shamsi Sedaghat, Trinidad [PF/25-0.5]

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CBC: 1978: Rídvan: Rowland Estall [PF/25-0.5]

TT : 1978: January-June, 1 month, Elizabeth Thomas, USA [PF/25-0.5]

ABM: 1978: July 8-11: Shirley Mather [PF/25-0.5][PF/25-0.5]

TTP: 1978: Summer: Frances Foss Griffith & husband [PF/25-0.5]

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TT : 1979: SA 7-12, 1-2 weeks, Melanie Danch, USA [PF/25-0.5]

TT : 1979: SA 7-12, 1-2 weeks, Mrs Farshid Yousefi. USA [PF/25-0.5]

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TT : 1980: August 8-22, Paul & Elli (?) Jacobi [PF/25-0.5]

ABM: 1980: August 25, 1 week, Charles Fitzsimmons, French Antilles   [PF/25-0.5]

ABM: 1980: August 25, 1 week, Beverly March, St. Lucia [PF/25-0.5]

TT : 1980: November, 1 week, Ada Williams, England [PF/25-0.5]

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TT : 1981: March 8-11: Dr. S. Muafzali & son, Saeid presented to Mr. Kennedy Simmons, Prime Minister, a copy of Bahá'í World Faith, Promise of World Peace, & Introduction to the Bahá'í  Faith, by Gloria Faizi. Pledged to Bahá'ís of  St. Kitts, rent money for 3 years for Centre, under certain conditions.

TT : 1981: August 11, 3 days, Youth Team, USA [PF/25-0.6]

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TT : 1984: August, Terry Madison,  [PF/25-0.6]

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TT : 85: September 10 about 10 days, New World Generation, musical group, USA   [PF/25-0.6]

TT : 88: AR Dr. Aidun & son Vahid [PF/25-0.6]

NOTE: see St. Kitts events for explanation of cutoff date...pp

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ST.  KITTS  EVENTS

Compiled by Patricia Paccassi as of 1988; revised 1991, October 1994, March 2010, July 2011

NOTE: St. Kitts-Nevis is currently (1994) administratively part of West Leeward Islands  but events and travel teachers and pioneers will be listed separately for each island

NOTE: listed below are the NSA's who were responsible for the Leeward Islands  and the dates the responsibility was assigned:

NATIONAL SPIRITUAL ASSEMBLY RESPONSIBLE FOR: ST. CHRISTOPHER (listed as St. Kitts in many places)

1953 South America; (St. Kitts) 

1957 Greater Antilles;

1962 Dominican Republic;

*1964 United States;

1967 Leeward, Windward & Virgin Islands;

1972 Leeward & Virgin Islands;

1981 Leeward Islands;

1991 West Leeward Islands.

*=First time listed specifically instead of being included as part of a larger grouping; i.e. "Leeward Islands"

Key: LSA = Local Spiritual Assembly          

       NSA = National Spiritual Assembly

       NTC= National Teaching Committee

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1966: April, Rídvan message calls for formation of NSA OF LWVI at  April 1967 [NL/03.g]

1966: May-June; opening mentioned at USA National Convention  [NL/03.g]

1966: July or August.; Mary Allen reports 22 new believers.[NL/03.h]

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1967: April; 1967/1968  First LSA in St. Kitts:   V. Browne, R. Alcindor, F. Parry, J. Parry, Rachel Fraser, Eulalie Brown (formerly of Newtown), Wilfrid Bart, Emily Wilkinson, Agatha Williams  [NL/21.a]

1967: May/June?; Early believer; Lyal Ashley (Y) Basseterre.  [NL/21.b]

1967: November. Early believer; Anthony Walwyn [NL/21.d]

1967: November 11; Unity feast held in Basseterre.

1967: November. 12; Region NTC  and Lorraine Landau holds observance of Baha’u’llah’s birthday; next day hold a  teaching institute NTC holds institute assisted by LSA. [NL/21.d]  PF/25-ALP-Saba]

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1968: January. Ralph Alcendor is appointed as news representative for National newsletter. [NL/21.e]

1968: May or June: Newly elected NSA member from St. Kitts, Wilfred Barts,  gives convention report to community.[NL/21.g]

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Wilfred Barts

1968: ??: Two enrollments reported, no names;[NL/21.g]  One enrollment reported, no name;[NL/21.h] ___________________________________________________________________________

1971: Treasury representatives appointed 12 islands, including St. Kitts [AF/23] ___________________________________________________________________________


1972: LSA Basseterre, 1 delegate to National Convention [AF/23] (is Basseterre Figtree Parish?)

1972; ??; early believer, Rachel Rawlins, 17 Sebastain St., Bassetere [AF/23] [deceased as of '1975]

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1975: ??; Vincent Liburd appointed ABMA [[AF/24-m34]

1975: ??; local activities, Feast etc., active believers, R. Alcendor, Victor Brown, Florence Parry,   daughter Ilva Wallace, St. Clair Gumbs [PF/25-ALP]

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1977: July; St .Clair Gumbs appointed ABMA [AF/24-m34SM]

1977: September: Teaching Project [AF/24]

1977: November. enrollment of Odec Addams, Director of Public Prosecution

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1978: April,  12th National Convention. 1st time here. 1st female chairman, Marjorie Harmer,  1st time 4 West Indians selected to National Assembly of the Leeward and Virgin Islands.  [AF/24] [PF/25-0.5] 

1978: Summer: Frances Foss Griffith & husband, Griff, present book “Bahá’u’lláh & the New Era” to Governor Sir Probin Isaac & ”THE EARTH IS ONE COUNTRY” to Premier Paul Southwell. [PF/25-0.5]

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1980: August 23/24 Regional Teaching Conference [PF/25-0.5]

1980: August: Joint Teaching Project CBC/NSA [PF/25-0.5]

1980: SA 7-12: St. Martin TV show seen here [PF/25-0.5]

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1981: Sum; Summer school, all islands participated [PF/25-0.6]

1981: SA 7-12: Youth Project co-sponsored with International Goals Committee  [PF/25-0.6]

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1982: SA 1-6: Institute for ABM & assistants, 2 days [PF/25-0.6]

1982: SA 7-12: Youth Conference 3 days [PF/25-0.6]

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2/1983 : Leeward Islands Youth Conference at Brighton Estate, St. Kitts, Feb. 18-20

Attending from St. Kitts:  Albert Millington, Jeceita Rouse, Blondell Archibald, Margaret Douglas, Michelle Joseph, George Hendrickson, Joel (?Hendrickson, Marvin Grant, Jesus Cortez, Bautch Rishworth, Joseph Audain, St. Clair Gumbs, Godfren Nisbett, Robert Phillip, Sue Rishworth (with Corey, Ben, and Amelia).

5/83  ZIZ tv program on Persecution of the Baha’is of Iran (posted in The Democrat And Labour Spokesman)

5/83  Declaration of the Bab, at Black Rocks

11/83  Counsellor Artemus Lamb visited Baha’is at Wycliffe-Morton home.

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1984: SA 7-12: CBC Artemus Lamb meets with ministers of Government [PF/25-0.6]

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 PIONEERS TO  NEVIS

Compiled by Patricia Paccassi as of 1988; revised 1991; November. 1994, March 2010, July 2011

CODE: PIO:=pioneer;

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PIO: 1970: to ? Katherine Schlichter [reports of Sirus Homayun]

PIO: 1975: August. to?, Mr. Major & Zara Dunn, USA via Africa.  [LVI/pio-rep][PF/25-0.5]

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PIO: 86: January: Eric Singh, Guyana [PF/25-0.6]

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TRAVEL TEACHERS TO  NEVIS

CODE:

TT :=travel teacher from outside the national area;

TTP:=travel teacher and pioneer from within the  national area;

TTL:=West Indian travel teacher;

HND:=Hand of the Cause of God;

CBC:=member of the Continental Board of Counsellors; ABM:=Auxiliary Board Member;

NSA:=member of a national spiritual assembly.

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TT : 1965: August. David Scheiber from Hawaii, and Mr. Mc Kensie  Edwards from Barbuda [NL/03.f]

TTP: 1965: Late, Melvin Barber, [St. Thomas], [s/03.e]

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TTP: 1966: December. weekend; Katherine Meyer, St. Thomas to either St. Kitts or Nevis, to be verified  [NL/03.i]

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TTP: 1968: August. Frank & Patricia Paccassi, daughter, Judith, from St. Thomas     [NL/21.i]

TTP: 1968: Mid: David Morris, from St. Thomas. [NL21.h]

TTP: 1968: October 22-23: Katherine Meyer, St. Thomas, report  [PF/25-0.4G]

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HND: 1970: June 6-9: Ruhiyyih Khanum & Violete Nakhjavani stayed at Rest Haven, Charlestown, Nevis, for two weeks The owner, Mr. Nisbett, still has book (in 1982) she gave him and is very proud of it. [PF/25-0.4G]

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Amatu'l-Baha Ruhiyyih Khanum (1910-2000)    Appointed by  Shoghi Effendi 26 March 1952

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TTP: 1972: February: Karen Wood, Barbados [AF/23]

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TTS:1973/4: ??; Louis & Jervis Anderson, Shirley Mather  [PF/25-ALP-NTC]

TT : 1975: July/August, several days, Marilyn Phillips, USA [PF/25-0.5]

TT : 1975: November/December, several days, Edna & Ray Fechtner, USA  [PF/25-0.5]

TT : 1975  Major & Zara Dunn arrive in Sept. in Nevis.   Mr. and Mrs. Frank Palmer were here for six months until 1976.   Before Palmers there was a single woman, Elizabeth Thomas, who helped in formation of Tabernacle Baha’i community._____________________________________________________________________________________

TT : 1976: March/ April ??? Elizabeth Thomas, USA, [PF/25-0.5]

HND:1976/7: Enoch Olinga [AF/24]

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Enoch Olinga (1926-1979)  Appointed by Shoghi Effendi in final Contingent of Hands in October 1957 

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TT : 1977: August, several days,  Helen Barnes, USA [PF/25-0.5]

ABM: 1977: August, 1 week, Gladys Stuart, Belize [PF/25-0.5]

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TTs: 1978: February, 1 month, G. Nisbett & Cedric Nathan, St. Kitts [PF/25-0.5]

ABM: 1978: July 11-14: Shirley Mather, St. Thomas [PF/25-0.5]

TTP: 1978: Rídvan: Marjorie Harmer, St. Thomas [PF/25-0.5]

TTP: 1978: Rídvan: Ethel Harris, St. Croix [PF/25-0.5]

TT : 1978: Rídvan: Dale Parker, St. Croix [PF/25-0.5]

TT : 1978: Rídvan: Ruth Wilson, St. Croix [PF/25-0.5]

TTP: 1978: Rídvan: Steve Bunting, St. John [PF/25-0.5]

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TT : 1979: SA 7-12, 1-2 weeks, Melanie Danch, USA [PF/25-0.5]

TT : 1979: SA 7-12, 1-2 weeks, Mrs. Farshid Yousefi, USA [PF/25-0.5]

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TT : 1981: March 11: Dr. S. Muafzali & son Saeid. Advised not to street teach [AF/24]

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NEVIS EVENTS

Compiled by Patricia Paccassi as of 1988; revised 1991, October 94, March 2010, July 2011

NOTE: Nevis is linked administratively to the West Leewards, but events and  travel teachers are listed separately for each island.

NOTE: listed below are the NSA's who were responsible for the Leeward Islands and the dates the responsibility was assigned:

NATIONAL  SPIRITUAL ASSEMBLY RESPONSIBLE  FOR  NEVIS ;

1953 South America;

1957 Greater Antilles;

1962 Dominican Republic;

*1964 United States;

1967 Leeward, Windward & Virgin Islands;

1972 Leeward & Virgin Islands;

1981 Leeward Islands;

1991 West Leeward Islands.

*=First time listed specifically instead of being included as part of a larger grouping; i.e. "Leeward Islands"

Key: LSA = Local Spiritual Assembly

NSA = National Spiritual Assembly 

NOTE: Nevis is administratively part of St. Kitts-Nevis until ??,but events and travel teachers and pioneers will be listed separately for each island.  

[It is of note to Nevis that it was originally selected as the island for  the first mass teaching project in 1971, but no suitable accommodations  could be found to house and serve as a base for a large team., so the project was moved to Barbados]

1966: April, Rídvan message calls for formation of NSA OF LWVI at April, 1967 [NL/03.g]

1966: May-June, opening mentioned at USA National  Convention [NL/03.g]

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1968: August: 9 enrollments listed in Brown Hill during visit of  Paccassi's, (no names given in newsletter).[NL.21.h-i]

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1970: ??: Teaching trip by Joyce Owen and child Nancy and Katherine Schlichter.?

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Katherine Schlichter and Nancy Owen

1970 Claxton family in Brown Hill cropped_b1

L to R: Mrs Morton, Lionel Morton, Louisa Herbert, Maude Claxton in Brown Hill, Nevis

1971: Treasury representatives appointed 12 islands including Nevis [AF/23]

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1977: September: Teaching Project [AF/24]

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1980: SA 7-12: St. Martin TV show seen here [PF/25-0.5]

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NOTE: My goal was to trace the growth and development of the Faith in  the  islands from their beginnings, as far as I could find, up to  the formation of each ones own National Assembly.  As  1991 was the formation of the first NSA of West Leeward Islands and  information is available from this time on in St. Kitts, I am using it  as the cutoff date for this research document. The following years will  be done by other researchers.

This document is neither exhaustive nor definitive, we learn as we go, but  what I have, and/or discover, will be changed or added as necessary.

Hopefully, I can put this material into a form which, through the medium of oral  history, will breathe the life into the bare facts and statistics. I feel that it is our stories and impressions and feelings that help to convey the enormous process that is taking place in the Bahá'í World  during this period of development. I am only sorry that it was not done  earlier, we have lost so many stories already.

I truly appreciate all the help given to me in this research and can only hope it is helpful to others.  PP...November. 1994

NOTE: see Nevis events for explanation of cutoff date...pp

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Authorization for publishing your material about our National Area on Caribbean History website. 

Published with permission of  the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of the Leeward Islands 

Date: 2 May 2012
Postal Address; PO Box 352, St John's, Antigua, Leeward Islands 

Location , Address: Baha'i Centre, Upper Nevis Street, St John's, Antigua
Email Address: nsa.leewardislands@gmail.com

This information and these sources are either from our archives,  our newsletters, interviews conducted by people we trust, and or  personal files in which we have confidence 

Afsaneh Franklin

Secretary

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