CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. Jan. 12, 2010: America’s greatest immigrant, Caribbean-born Alexander Hamilton, was yesterday remembered on his 253rd birthday in New York City.
The celebration by the Bowling Green Association of New York and CaribWorldNews included the raising of the flag of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis in New York’s financial district in Bowling Green, Manhattan.
This was followed by a wreath laying ceremony at Hamilton’s tomb side at the Trinity Church yard which featured CaribWorldNews publisher Felicia Persaud, the vicar of Trinity Church, Ann Mallonee and Arthur Piccolo, chairman of the Bowling Green Association of New York.
Persaud used the event to remind those gathered that despite the contributions to America by Hamilton centuries ago, Caribbean nationals continue to be ignored and dismissed because they simply have no way of accurately identifying themselves on the U.S. Census form.
`This translates into a failure to tell our story in economic numbers and as such a lack of a power base,` said Persaud. `As such, the community and its media continue to be discounted by the government and private sector since without real numbers you simply don’t exist.’
Hamilton was born on January 11, 1757 on the Caribbean island of Nevis. He is considered America’s greatest immigrant as despite his humble birth, he became a founding father of America, the US’ first Secretary of the Treasury and chief of staff to General George Washington during the American Revolution. He was also one of America’s first lawyers and wrote half of the Federalist Papers, a primary source for Constitutional interpretation. Hamilton was killed in a duel by Vice President Aaron Burr. He died on July 12, 1804.