Sisters donate 4 acres of land on St. John's East End to UVI
Published: September 16, 2013
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Marva Samuel Applewhite and Gloria Samuel, daughters of James Alphonso "Harry" Samuel, who owned Estate Zootenvaal on St. John's East End have donated 4 acres of land to the University of the Virgin Islands.
The land in Estate Zootenvaal, worth an appraised value of $740,000, is next to two acres the sisters donated to UVI in 2002.
"Education has been the number one priority for our family," Applewhite said at Wednesday's reception at UVI's Academic Center on St. John. Applewhite and her sister are both retired teachers.
"We decided to give back to the people of the Virgin Islands, the Caribbean and the world," she said.
Both UVI President David Hall and UVI Vice President for Institutional Advancement Dionne Jackson remarked on the sisters' humility.
"They did not make this gift because they wanted public recognition or boast about their family's largess," Jackson said. "They wanted to be a part of UVI's next 50 years of service to the Virgin Islands and St. John communities."
Hall said initial plans are to build a cultural center on the property to preserve the history of St. John.