The Guam Museum was still under construction when we last visited Guam in 2015. It opened a year later. One of the highlights of our trip this year was our visit to the new museum which is named after one of my wife’s relatives. In this posting I will concentrate on the photos I took outside the museum.
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The Guam Museum is located in Skinner Plaza in Hagatna, Guam’s capital. Carlton Skinner was a lieutenant in the US Coast Guard at the outset of World War II when both he and his ship were transferred to the US Navy. He is credited with being the first Naval officer to integrate African-American crewmen with whites. In 1949 he was working for the Department of the Interior when he was appointed Governor of Guam by President Truman. Among his accomplishments are the establishing of the University of Guam and the writing of the Guam constitution. He was replaced by President Eisenhower in 1953.
Senator Tony Palomo was my wife’s third cousin. We met his family as well as his sisters Anna and Lydia and brother Benigno (also a Guam senator) and their families at a family dinner party hosted by Annie on our last trip to Guam in 2015. We bumped into Annie at the World War II Survivors dinner this year but didn’t get a chance to get together with anyone else in the family on this trip. Another of Tony’s siblings, his sister Eloise, lives in Northern California near us.
We’ll go inside the museum and look around in my next posting.