Tag: Nassau

Recognizing Bahamian Author and Historian, Rosemary Hanna

Rosemary Hanna and me at my Nassau book signing last year.

I was happy to see my friend and fellow Bahamian author, Rosemary Hanna, recognized in this recent blog post.

Rosemary is the author of Pictorial History and Memories of Nassau’s Over-The-Hill as well as executive producer of the documentary, Nassau’s Over-The-Hill.

Over-the-Hill, for those who don’t know, is a section of Nassau located south of the ridge that borders the city’s downtown core.

First settled by newly emancipated slaves, Over-the-Hill is made up of a number of different neighbourhoods, including Bain Town and Grants Town.

A Sad Loss for Green Turtle Cay

Green Turtle Cay lost a much-loved stalwart of the community with the recent passing of Iva Lowe Scholtka.

Born on June 13, 1935, Iva was the second of four children and the only daughter of Albert Lowe and Annie Curry Lowe. She was a happy, outgoing child who loved to read and write, and was rarely spotted without a book in her hands.

Amy Roberts All Ages School circa 1950

Iva Lowe (third from left) with her classmates at the Amy Roberts All Ages School. Teacher Amy Roberts is second from left, headmaster Jack Ford is at the back right, and Iva’s brother Alton is in overalls in the front row.

“Iva was very smart and popular,” says her younger brother, Alton Lowe. “She was a real doer and an organizer, always gathering friends together for beach outings and parties. She and Alice Gates Albury would organize dances.” And, with the help of local commissioner, Mr. Gerassimus, Iva and Alice arranged Saturday night movies for the community.

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