BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS

COURT BUILDING TO BE NAMED IN HONOUR OF SIR LEE LLEWELLYN MOORE ON NATIONAL HEROES DAY

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS (SEPTEMBER 11TH 2004) – This year’s National Heroes Day will have special significance for the people of St. Kitts and Nevis.

It will be a day on which the Court Building on East Independence Square, Basseterre, will be named the Sir Lee Llewellyn Moore, KCMG, Q.C., Judicial and Legal Services Complex, in honour of an outstanding Kittitian, who served as Premier of the State of St. Kitts and Nevis, Attorney General and Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

During the ceremony on Wednesday September 16th, a public holiday, St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Denzil L. Douglas, will deliver the Feature Address.

Sir Lee Llewellyn Moore was often described as an energetic and intellectual idealist who exhibited great passion and fervour in the defence of his beliefs in the inalienable rights of every human being.

He felt that everyone was equal irrespective of colour, class or creed. These are the principles that helped to mould the man that Sir Lee turned out to be.

Born on February 15, 1939, Moore displayed great potential. He won the Leeward Islands Scholarship in 1952 and chose to attend the University of London, King’s College to study law.

Mr. Moore possessed excellent oratory skills and this talent earned him the Presidency of the College and the Inter-varsity Debating Championship for two consecutive years. He graduated with an LL.B. and later attained both an LL.M and a Diploma of Theology.

On his return to St. Kitts, he established a legal practice and later joined the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party. Through this medium Moore attained the position of Public Relations Officer to Premier Robert L. Bradshaw; Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs in 1971, and Premier of St. Kitts and Nevis from 1979-1980.

In 1995, he again served as a Legal Advisor to the Government and as the Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, a post he held until his death on May 6, 2000.

Photo # 1 – Painting of Sir Lee L. Moore by famous Kittitian artist Barbara Kassab

Photo # 2 – The Judicial and Legal Complex on East Independence Square Street.