Lucy Agatha Smith-Prince
Miss Lucy was born and raised on the island of St
John. She had ten brothers and sisters and was, among
many other things, a kindergarten teacher.
Later she became the first female taxi driver on the island
and was famous for the wonderful tours she gave. Her
passengers included the island locals, the tourists and many
times the rich and famous... all of whom she always treated
equally. During her lifetime she had many, many
friends of all races, culture and ethnic diversities.
She was featured on several television shows and was also in
various magazines including: National Geographic, Good
Morning America and Travel magazine, to name just a few.
Her historical taxi tours included the eating of local
fruits, the smelling and identifying of local herbs and
often, the tasting of local scrumptious meals that were
either prepared by her or by other local friends and vendors
Her knowledge of St John was extensive and she could tell
you wonderful stories about everything from the
hieroglyphics on Reef Bay trail, the revolt at Mary's Point,
the importance of the ruins at Annaberg and even the legend
about her own stone oven in the back yard where she baked
and sold bread.
kept her taxi adorned with local hibiscus, crotons,
bougainvillea or oleanders that were placed in goat horns
that she had fashioned into the hood ornament. For
herself, she always wore a single flower... on the left side
of her hair.
Mama Lucy was a strong, independent woman. She'd often
catch her own fish, collect sweet potatoes and mushrooms
that were grown on her own property and then she'd call her
friends and tourists alike, inviting them in to taste and
eat what she'd prepared. She also became wildly known
for her famous fish fry at the beach on Saturday nights.
Later on, after she opened her restaurant, her Sunday
brunches and Full Moon pig roasts became legendary.
was loved by the island locals and visitors alike, living a
full and rich life until the age of 91.
If you ever were to ask her how old she was, she would have
given you that hearty laugh of hers... and told you simply,
her years she 'adopted' so many 'children' along the way.
She was an avid animal lover and was always family
oriented...which included not only all of those 'adopted
children' but also her children, her grandchildren, her
great grandchildren and her great-great grandchildren!
those of us who live here, and for many island visitors who
had the unique chance to spend a little time with her...
Mama Lucy lives on, forever and always in our hearts.