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Heritage Programs: Subcommittees: Cape Verdean Hall Of Fame 2005

Romana RamosRomana H. Ramos

Romana was born on the island of Santo Antonio, Cape Verde and at age three, her family moved to Sao Vicente where she grew up. Her family 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. 

In 1976, 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.

In 1977, 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.

1978, 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 Lewis Telethon.

In 1980, 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.

Through 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 Portugal.

Presently, 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. 

Romana is 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.