Family members of the late Sir Olva Georges have expressed concerns over the recently erected monument at the Sir Olva Georges Plaza which according to them does not represent the true image of the late national hero.
On Thursday, BVI Platinum News contacted Keith Dawson, a member of the organizing committee for the unveiling ceremony who disclosed that the committee has received a notice from Sir Olva´s family that the monument is not the best representation of his likeness.
Dawson said that a picture of Sir Olva was provided by the family and then passed on to the sculptor. He was however quick to point out that the issue is partly a matter of opinion whether it looks like him or not.
Sir Olva Georges Monument
Photo Credit: Clifton Skelton/BVI Platinum News
When questioned if they will alter or carve another monument, Dawson said that he could not comment on that at this moment, but assured that they are looking into the matter.
At the time, Dawson could not divulge to BVI Platinum News what was the cost of carving the monument.
Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Orlando Smith on a recent radio programme said that family members have since told him about their concerns.
Last month, a grand ceremony which was well attended was held at the Sir Olva Georges Plaza for the unveiling of the monument.
The plaza was named after Sir Olva since 1973 and according to Government, the monument will now serve as a concrete reminder of who he was.
Sir Olva died on March 27th, 1976 at 85 years. Scores of well-wishes, family members, and Government officials from both the USVI and the Caribbean paid their last respects to a patriarch of the BVI at the Territory´s first state funeral held March 30, 1976 at the Road Town Methodist Church.
Sir Olva served in several different capacities including on the Legislative and Executive Councils, the General Legislative Council of the Leeward Islands, Public Service Commission, Judicial and Legal Services Commission, Salaries Commission and Scholarship Committee.
One of Sir Olva´s most memorable experiences was in 1966 when he greeted Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the opening of the bridge at Beef Island named in her honour.
A few years later in 1971, Sir Olva had the pleasure of meeting the Queen at Buckingham Palace where she bestowed the honour of Knight Bachelor upon him. To this date, Sir Olva remains the first and only BVIslander to ever receive the honour of Knighthood.