ST. THOMAS — Virgin Islanders on St. Thomas celebrated the 171st anniversary of Emancipation Day on Wednesday, complete with traditional staples and solemn reflections of those who fought and sacrificed for freedom.

The event, hosted by a number of groups, including the Pan African Support Group, brought together a large, festive crowd to Emancipation Garden.

— Contact A.J. Rao at 340-714-9104 or email