USVI Centennial Commission Act
The Virgin Islands of the United States Centennial Commission Act (H.R. 2615) was signed by President Barack Obama and became Public Law No. 114-224 on September 29, 2016. It creates an eight-member bipartisan Congressional Commission to coordinate activities in Washington D.C. and around the nation commemorating the 100th anniversary of the March 31, 1917 transfer of the Virgin Islands from Denmark to the United States.
In addition to highlighting the cultural, economical and historical importance of the Virgin Islands and its people, the commission will also serve as a vehicle to renewed discussions around equal treatment and status, as well as the other important conversations relating to the Virgin Islands’ progress at the turn of a new century as an unincorporated territory of the United States.