Dame “Nellie” Robinson…an Antiguan hero

An Antiguan and Barbudan Hero.

Miss Georgiana “Nellie” Robinson is a national hero in Antigua.  She was born in 1880 in St. John’s, Antigua.  At the time, many worthy and able young blacks were not admitted to the all-male, Antigua Grammar School (AGS), which had been established in 1884 by Archdeacon Branch, first because they could not afford the tuition and later because they were deemed undeserving.  Miss Nellie Robinson had many conversations with the Archdeacon about the admission of blacks to the AGS to no avail.  So, in 1898 at age she opened the Thomas Oliver Robinson (TOR) Memorial School that admitted not only young black men but women as well.  As one article stated, “she had struck two birds with one stone,” opening secondary education to both male and female students.  Miss Nellie Robinson was headmistress of the school from 1898 until 1950.

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