Raphune Hill renamed in honor of Dorothy Lockhart Elskoe

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The long, winding roadway on St. Thomas, previously named Raphune Hill, was renamed in honor of culture-bearer, educator, and community activist, Dorothy “Dotsy” Lockhart Elskoe. The Office of the Governor, along with the Department of Public Works, hosted a road naming ceremony on February 15, 2022, to commemorate the honor.

The roadway will now serve as a reminder of Mrs. Elskoe’s numerous contributions to the people of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Elskoe was one of the original 10 organizers to revitalize the Territory’s carnival in 1952. She also held several positions in government agencies, civic organizations, and the Democratic Party.

Elskoe was honored for her cultural and civic involvement in 1994 by the 20th Legislature, and former Senator Myron Jackson, as a member of the 33rd Legislature, sponsored a bill to rename Raphune Hill, where she lived for 60 years, in her honor. Jackson, who was present as the Master of Ceremonies, shared that Raphune Hill received its name from the plantation that once sat where the renamed road now runs. Read More