2005 Hall of Fame Inductees
Daniel Silva Lima
Daniel Silva Lima was born in Fall River, Massachusetts on
October 14, 1911. His parents Manuel Duarte Lima, born in
Sao Nicolau, and Anna Morais Silva of Boa Vista were Cape
served honorably in the U.S. Army in the South Pacific during
World War II for three years, thereafter he served in the
U.S. National Guard 369th of New York for twenty-three years
retiring with the rank of Staff Sergeant.
lived in New York City for 42 years, working as a civil servant
for 23 years, including eleven as a New York City bus driver.
A talented artist, Mr. Lima attended cartooning and illustration
classes in New York City under the GI Bill.
moved to Rhode Island in 1971 and resides in East Providence.
He is the Co-Founder of the Cape Verdean Artist League. His
art, which often depicts Cape Verdean life, has been displayed
at many Cape Verdean festivals, conferences and other venues.
to Rhode Island Mr. Lima became involved with the International
Senior Citizens. He has been a past president and member of
this group for over 25 years currently serving as Treasurer.
He was also a member of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program
(RSVP) for over 25 years, often using his skills as a bus
driver to transport seniors. He is a long-time member of the
Cape Verdean Sub-committee of the RI Historical Preservation
& Heritage Commission. Mr. Lima is also a member of the
American Cape Verdean Cultural Exchange Commission of the
State of Rhode Island.
a resident of East Providence, is married to Esther Lima and
the father of Lt. Col. Julio Lima of the United States Army.
Mr. Lima continues to actively participate in many cultural
and civic events.
The Honorable George
Honorable George Silva Lima was born on April 4, 1919 in Fall
River, Massachusetts, the son of Cape Verdean immigrant parents,
Anna Morais Silva, a native of Boa Vista, and Manuel Duarte
Lima, born in Sao Nicolau. George attended North Carolina
A & T College where he received his pilot’s license.
George was a Tuskegee airman and a military photographic officer
in World War II. He graduated with a BA degree from Brown
University, where he founded the local chapter of Omega Psi
was the union representative for the American Federation of
State, County and Municipal Employees – AFL. He was an
employee of the federal government for many years in the Office
of Economic Opportunity, culminating his federal career as
State Director of OEO for the State of Rhode Island. Upon
retirement Mr. Lima entered politics serving as the State
Representative for District 83 in East Providence for two
a civil rights activist, has been affiliated with many organizations
including the Rhode Island chapter of the NAACP, where he
served as President, the Cape Verdean Progressive Center,
the Cape Verdean Sub-committee of the Rhode Island Historical
Preservation & Heritage Commission, the American Cape
Verdean Cultural Exchange Commission of the State of Rhode
Island and the Boa Vista Seven.
“Black Men Can Fly: The Story of George S. Lima”
was recently released.
was married to the late Selma Boone Lima, a fellow activist
and educator. He is the father of three children, Anna Maria
Bowling, George S. Lima, Jr. and Robert Manuel Lima.
Mr. Lima continues to be an active participant in civil rights,
political and community issues.
Reverend Manuel Ricardo
Ricardo Martin was born on the Island of Maio in 1837 and
came to Providence, Rhode Island in 1886. Martin was brought
to the New England coast by returning whalers. He had been
a ship’s mate and in charge of the stevedores on the
dock. He had been converted to the Protestant faith while
working aboard a ship in Australia years earlier.
his arrival in America, Martin began to conduct a worship
service in his rented room. He reached out to the Rhode Island
Bible Society, which responded with material support for what
would come to be known as the “Portuguese Mission”.
The first meeting place was on Chickenfoot Alley, the oldest
Cape Verdean immigrant community in the Fox Point section
“congregation” grew he located a larger room on
South Water Street and placed a sign in the window “Gospel
Mission”. Women and children began to join the mission.
Eventually the mission church operated “Americanization”
classes, sewing classes, a boxing club and even a Boy Scout
Protestant women’s organization and the Union Congregational
Church joined in to help with the work of the Mission. With
the aid of the Central Congregational Church, a parcel of
land was secured and a building was constructed at 51 Sheldon
Street in 1904. Manuel Ricardo Martin established the very
first Cape Verdean Protestant Congregation in the United States.
5, 1905 Manuel Ricardo Martin passed. In 1996 the building
at 51 Sheldon Street was placed on the U.S. National Register
of Historic Buildings. Reverend Martin is remembered on a
bronze plague affixed to the pulpit of his church.
Pires was born in Brava, one and the smallest of nine islands
in Cape Verde. Ivo is an exceptional musician and an extraordinary
instrument maker and craftsman. A lover of music, he was always
inspired when he would see musicians walking in the streets
with instruments slung over their backs and always admired
how the instruments wee shaped, the sound of them and everything
about them. At the early age of eight, he made his first ukulele.
By breaking off pieces of cedar shingle from his grandmother’s
house and borrowing material from his grandfather’s mirror,
he copied a Martin ukulele that belonged to his cousin. He
made three ukuleles in all, each one bigger and better. He
would spend most of his time in school sketching other musician’s
instruments he had seen and would make them from the sketches.
At the age of nine, he made and started playing the mandolin.
brought their instruments to him for repairs. He made and
sold enough instruments to have money to buy a real full-size
violin. He later took it apart and made another one exactly
like it. At the age of eleven, adult musicians started bringing
Ivo with them to weddings to play in their band. Everyone
knew him in the island because of his music and craftsmanship.
to America and settled in the New England area at the age
of twenty-four. His reputation preceded him. He continued
to perform in bands and make many instruments. He would send
many of these instruments that he made in barrels to the Cape
Verde Islands for the people there. When Cape Verdean musicians
would travel to America, they would come to see him at his
home for a violin that was lost while traveling or to have
him make repairs on their instruments. He would either repair
or give them a new one off the shelf.
a job at the Carl Fischer Company in Boston and became known
for his talent to repair string instruments as well as wind
instruments. He left the Carl Fischer Company to work at the
Boston String Instruments. There he made violins, cellos,
bass, gambas, mandolins and guitars. He worked for Mr. Melvin
Peabody at the Boston String Instruments for thirty-one years
and after the death of Mr. Peabody, Ivo bought and operated
the Boston String Instruments for six years until he was forced
to retire because of health issues.
repaired instruments for the likes of Yo-Yo Ma, the greatest
cellist in the world. His tribute and his lifetime achievement
have been his own creation of the Viola Da Gamba. He had seen
a few pictures of one and thought it would be nice to make
something like it. He later made them for classical musicians,
celebrities, and members of the Boston Symphony and professors
of the Conservatory.
is an interpreter of all traditional and classical Cape Verdean
music. He mixes his traditional repertoire of mornas, polkas,
mazukas, waltzes and fox trots with modern coladera, salsa
and merengue. He has been known to be the most in-demand violinist
and bandleader in the Cape Verdean event and wedding circuit.
He has dedicated his life and contributed significantly to
the renaissance and preservation of our Cape Verdean culture
was born on the island of Santo Antonio, Cape Verde and at
age three, her family moved to Sao Vicente where she grew
moved to the United States in 1975 and settled in Providence,
Rhode Island. This was the same year that Cape Verde would
come to win their independence from Portugal.
Romana organized a committee to celebrate the Fist Anniversary
of Cape Verde’s Independence from Portugal. The event
was held at the Cape Verdean Progressive Center (CV Club)
in East Providence. Also in 1976, she was the Founder and
Director of the Juventude Caboverdiana Organization.
the Committee celebrated the 2nd Anniversary of Cape Verde’s
Independence for the first time at the location of India Point
Park. This event has marked its 30th year of Independence
this July 2005.
Romana founded and became the Director of the Cape Verdean
Folkloric group called Monte Cara. They performed for the
very first time at the Rhode Island Heritage Festival and
were the first Cape Verdean group to perform live at the Jerry
Romana was Co-Founder and Director of the first Cape Verdean
Radio Program in Rhode Island and she broadcast in krioule
language, the language of all Cape Verdeans. In 1984, she
founded the Cape Verdean Women’s Organization.
Romana’s diligence and persistence, a Resolution signed
on June 28, 2005 by Speaker William Murphy and Leader, Gordon
Fox was proclaimed that the Month of July 2005 to be “Cape
Verdean Month” in the State of Rhode Island, marking
the 30th Anniversary of the Independence of Cape Verde from
Romana is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Cape Verdean
American Community Development (CACD). She works full time
at the Pawtucket Police Department as Police Matron and Court
Interpreter for fifteen years.
if very active in various organizations as a member and also
as Board member. She is always willing to help and include
Cape Verdeans in every cultural and ethnic event and has a
special passion for all Cape Verdean students and children
with all of their endeavors.
Antonia Ignacia Ramalho
in Bridgeport, Connecticut in 1924, she was the daughter of
immigrants from the Cape Verde Island of Sao Nicolau. Her
parents lived first in Warren, Rhode Island, where they worked
in the mills before moving to the heart of Bridgeport’s
Cape Verdean community shortly before Antonia was born. Inspired
by her traditional musical family and vibrant Cape Verdean
neighborhood, Antonia Ignacia Ramalho Sequeira developed a
deep love and extensive knowledge of her culture.
collections of detailed records of community social events
and family and historical photographs comprise a rare documentary
record of Cape Verdeans in Connecticut during the first half
of the 20th century. Among her numerous organizational affiliations,
Antonia was a founding member of the Cape Verdean Women’s
Social Club of Bridgeport (established 1944), and served as
its president from 1965 to 1967 and again from 1970 to 2002
– a remarkable continuity of service.
she spearheaded many projects designed to bring Cape Verdean
heritage to public attention. For three years, Antonia worked
with community members and oral historians to conduct taped
interviews with Cape Verdean musicians and tradition bearers
across the state, also documenting Cape Verdean neighborhoods,
festivals and activities. Their work resulted in a publication
called Connecticut Cape Verdeans: A Community History that
has been used by Cape Verdean organizations in Norwich and
other Connecticut cities to educate people about the culture
and especially the community’s gift of music. Younger
Cape Verdeans in Waterbury, Norwich and New Haven are coming
forward to carry on the oral history work that Antonia believed
in so fervently.
Antonia worked with others from the Women’s Social Club
to sponsor a month-long series of lectures, exhibits and concerts
highlighting Cape Verdean culture at Sacred Heart University
in Fairfield, Connecticut. In 1984 she was selected as Woman
of the Year and her name is etched in the State Capitol Building
in Hartford. She was a member of the Connecticut Friends of
the Ernestina/Morrissey, a group responsible for bringing
the schooner to Captains Cove in Fairfield in 1982 as a way
to educate audiences about Cape Verdean immigration.
coordinated regular cultural displays at the Bridgeport Public
Library and the annual Thanksgiving Day Mass at St. Augustine’s
Church. She held memberships and active roles in the Cape
Verdean Scholarship Committee, the Cape Verdean United/Unidade
Caboverdeana, the Cesar Pina Scholarship Committee, the St.
James Choir, the Cape Verdean Cultural Foundation of Connecticut,
and the Red Hat Society.
passed away on February 28, 2005. She will be remembered as
a tireless ambassadress for Cape Verdean culture; as a tradition
bearer herself – someone who lived a life of deep Cape
Verdean-American identity; and as a woman of grace and love.
Her contributions will live on and nourish her people and
our world forever.