“Represents A Victory For Truth And Justice”

July 15, 2019

Presiding Prelate Bishop Gregory G.M. Ingram said he was “elated” about the granting of a posthumous pardon to Rev. Charles Vinton Monk, saying it “represents a victory for truth and justice.”

Rev. Monk was an American AME minister who served as the pastor of Allen Temple AME Church in Somerset who was arrested and jailed for “criminal libel” after writing about the extremely poor conditions imposed on Jamaican workers who had been brought to the island to construct the Royal Naval Dockyard.

The Pardon is presented: Rev. Howard Dill, Presiding Elder East District; Rev. Terry Hassell, Pastor, Heard Chapel AME Church; Premier David Burt; Rev. Larry Dixon, Presiding Elder of the AME Church; Rev. Nicholas Genevieve-Tweed, Pastor St. Paul AME Church; and Deputy Premier and Minister of Home Affairs Walter Roban

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Presiding Prelate Bishop Gregory G.M. Ingram — who is based in the US and presides over seven annual conferences comprising Delaware, New England, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Bermuda — said, “On behalf of the First Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church I am elated and immeasurably pleased in receiving the momentous and historic news concerning the granting of a posthumous pardon to the Rev. Charles Vinton Monk

”From its inception the African Methodist Episcopal Church was founded in response to racism, social injustice, and discrimination, and has been a beacon for justice and equality. For over 200 years we have continued as a church committed to these ideals.

“Those persons called into the ordained ministry, and who embrace the tenants of our beliefs, have been called by God to minister to all the needs of the people: spiritual, economic, political and social. Thus, the late Rev. Charles Vinton Monk fulfilled his calling by championing the cause of a people who had no voice, and suffered dehumanizing discrimination.

”On behalf of the First Episcopal District we recognize the monumental significance of this unprecedented event. This Pardon, albeit over a century after his trial and conviction, represents a victory for truth and justice.

“I wish to commend the Rev. Nicholas Tweed for his vision and courage in advancing this noble cause, and the Bermuda Annual Conference for their support in pursuit of this goal; the Government of Bermuda for having the courage to press the case; and Bermuda’s Governor for his fair consideration of the facts and for doing what is right.

”I am sure that The AME Connectional Church joins the First Episcopal District and Bermuda in welcoming and marking the significance of this historic news.”

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  1. sandgrownan says:

    Where does discrimination originate?

    • Just like de Trump Right Wing Fox crew, DEFLECTION.
      A man was incarcerated for fighting for Rights of oppressed people and was judged by de employer of de victims. But you deflect to a hypothetical question and not addressing the evil of the situation.
      The evil past of this Island is gonna upset those who benefited from the autrocities.
      The Isle of Devils!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • sandgrownan says:

        The warrants for slavery, racism, bigotry, homophobia, the treatment of women as second class citizens and chattel, all come from one book. How do you rationalise that?

        No one disagrees that what happened to Monk was despicable and the pardon is long overdue however, the rest of us are breaking free of the shackles of religion and taking a fresh and clear view of our fellow man.

        You should try it.

  2. REPARATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. too late says:

    bit late for the Rev.Monk!

  4. Congratulations.
    There is irony here.
    The gov has pardoned Mr. Monk but does not speak concerning the pepper spraying of scores of Bermudians BORN here!!!!!!

    • Mj says:

      Rigggght! Just defies logic!

    • sandgrownan says:

      There you go again…BORN..what exactly do you mean by that?

      However, we do know that those pepper sprayed were actually breaking the law and threatening violence.

      • Slavery, Apartheid and Jim Crow was de Law, and ya point is?

        • question says:

          25-11. Has the PLP passed a law saying we can riot and prevent Parliament from sitting any time we feel like it?

        • sandgrownan says:

          Biblically endorsed.

          But, yeah, let’s confuse a bunch of losers whining about an airport and immigration policy (political issues) with the fight for emancipation because you know, they are not the same.

      • Toodle-oo says:

        Not to mention the biggest thorn in her side .. The OBA had nothing to do with it ! She’ll never get over it !

    • What rock have you been hiding under, not only have they spoke on it, they were given peanuts as Reparations.

  5. Fishing Line says:

    What a lovely picture of friends.