Former Saba Lt. Governor and family members reburied

POSTED: 07/11/11 12:51 PM

THE BOTTOM/Saba – Five human skeletons were reburied at the Anglican Cemetery in Windward side on July 6 after being archaeologically excavated from a project site in April. The five remains are that of former Lt. Gov. Thomas Holm, his wife, child, probable mother, and one other adult. All lived and died in the late 19th and early 20th century.

The reburial, led by Dr. Jay Haviser of the St. Maarten Archaeological Center (SIMARC), was sponsored by Stanley Peterson and family who are doing the project with permission from the Government of Saba. It was a collaborative effort between the University of Leiden and SECAR of St. Eustatius. The excavation had to be done so the public entity could comply with European-standard implementation procedures for the BES islands that relate to the Malta Convention.

The re-burial ceremony was conducted by Frank Hassell of the Anglican Church and was attended by Island Governor Jonathan Johnson, descendants of the Holm family, members of the Peterson family, Anglican Church members and Haviser. The service was described as simple and respectful. One of the original headstones was used for the grave cover at the re-burial place.

“This was the proper way to show respect for our ancestors, by combining correct government procedures, with scientific investigation, and more importantly respect for the ethical and cultural values of the Saba community,” one of the participants remarked.

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