"My name is Julio Encarnacion III, known by many as, “The Native Son.” I was born and raised on the island of St. Croix. I graduated from the St. Joseph High School and moved on to receive my undergraduate and graduate degree from Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. As a boy, my grandfather stimulated my curiosity with stories of historical peoples and cultural events.
This arousal drove me to start collecting artifacts that are memorable of the people, events, culture and heritage of the Virgin Islands.
Some of the items in my collection are photos, postcards, coins, bottles, medals, articles, books, documents & signatures by prominent local figures. I have had the opportunity to present at local schools, instilling in the youths of the Virgin Islands the importance of preserving their culture. Recently, some of my work was featured in the Daily News’ Centennial Scenery section. My work can also be viewed on my social media sites. I endeavor to continue building my treasure trove of Virgin Islands artifacts, inspire residents of all ages in cultural preservation and serve as an ambassador in introducing Virgin Islands history to the World! Won’t you join me?"
“The Native Son” will preserve and reintroduce the U.S. Virgin Islands history and culture through historical artifacts and photos!
“The Native Son’s task is not to disrupt for the sake of it, but it is to tell what is almost always an uncomfortable historical story and explain why the discomfort is part of the truth we need to live well and live properly. A well-organized society is one in which we know the truth about ourselves collectively, not one in which we tell pleasant lies about ourselves.” I would like to thank the following list of people which will continue to grow as we cross paths! (Mom and Dad, Grandparents, Mr. Mario C. Moorhead, Ms. Karen Thurland, Ms. Tisha Samuel and Mr. Wayne James).