Hudson County Celebrates First Annual National Caribbean American Heritage Month

Photos Courtesy Hudson County Executive's Office

In June of 2005, the United States House of Representatives unanimously adopted a resolution recognizing the significance of Caribbean people and their descendants in the history and culture of the United States.  After passing the Senate, the Proclamation was issued by President George W. Bush on June 6, 2006.

This week in Hudson County, County Executive Craig Guy, Commission Chairman Anthony Romano and the Board of County Commissioners celebrated National Caribbean American Heritage Month with a flag raising ceremony at the Historic Brennan Courthouse in Jersey City.   

              The founder and president of the Jersey City West Indian/Caribbean Carnival Association, Inc. Committee received a proclamation from Hudson County, and the Class of 2024 Grand Marshal and the JCCACF JC Carnival Directors received citations.

County Executive Guy stated, “During Hudson County’s first annual National Caribbean Heritage Month flag raising, we recognize and celebrate the culture, tradition, and heritage of the Caribbean-American residents that call Hudson County home.  Representing over 20 islands, this flag inspires each individual who walks by the Brennan Courthouse to continue to uplift diverse cultures and celebrate the achievements, aspirations, and resiliency of the thousands of people across the county with Caribbean heritage.”

Cheryl DB Murphy, the Founder and President of the Jersey City West Indian / Caribbean Carnival Association, Inc. Committee added, “It is truly my pleasure to join Hudson County in raising our National Caribbean American Heritage Month flag here at the Brennan Courthouse. This our first flag raising because we finally have a flag that represents every Caribbean Island and every Caribbean American person. It is our duty to celebrate and promote this flag as a symbol of unity and educate the community about our rich culture from the Caribbean.  We invite everyone to join us for our events and activities held throughout this month for National Caribbean American Heritage Month and in July leading up to Carnival on Saturday, July 27th.”

The following individuals received citations as part of the Class of 2024: Dawn Odom – Isle of Jersey City; Andrew Otto – Antigua & Barbuda; Christopher C. Murphy, III – Bermuda; Chantal Bohomme-Felix – Haiti; Elizabeth Liz Dicker – Isle of Garden State; Robyn Gorman – Isle of Hudson County; Francine Campbell Hakim; Nevis, Cuba and Jamaica; Angela Huggins – Isle of Jersey City; Carlye Adams – Guyana; Ryan Lynton – Guyana; Victoria Branker, Jr. Grand Marshal – Trinidad & Tabago.

The following individuals received citations as JCCACF CF Carnival Directors: Ambassador Commissioner Cheryl DB Murphy, Founder CEO; Rosalyn Waters-Maxwell, Grand Marshal Director; Roy Sanderson, Parade Director; Gordon Nesta Callender, Technical Director; GM’17 Designer Chairman Tyrone Chablis, Carnival Meets Fashion Director; and GM’21 Darryl Spence, Financial Director.

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