Mr. Price’s black stepsister | Amandala Journal


(from pages 13, 14 of GEORGE PRICE: A Life Revealed, by Godfrey P. Smith, Ian Randle Publishers, 2011)

Irene (Mr. Price’s mother) had very little time to enjoy the lifestyle of a well-regarded middle class man from Belize City. William Price fathered eleven children with Irene. He made up for two of his three sons, George and John, none of whom would never have had children or ever married. By the time of his marriage to Irene, he had already fathered a child, Wilhelmina, with a tall, beautiful and well-endowed black woman. Wilhelmina, called “Mina”, was brought to Pickstock Street to live with the Captain’s family. Irene dutifully welcomed Mina and treated her like one of her own children. Mina, then around fifteen or sixteen, went to school in Belize City and fully integrated into the Price family.

However, his presence in the new family was intended to create a note of contention. Although Irene moved to Belize City and married into the Price family, she had remained in touch with the Zelayas, relatives on the maternal side of the family who lived in the Orange Walk district. She had taken no air due to her social rise and cherished the connection with the maternal side of the family. The Zelayas were farmers who produced fruits and vegetables and, like many other agricultural farmers, they traveled to Belize City, the commercial center of the colony, to sell their produce. They were assured of a better price and a larger market. Naturally, the Zelaya boys looked for accommodation with their aunt Irene on Pickstock Street.

The boys of the village were won over by the comfortable accommodations offered at Pickstock Street and the relative comfort that “Tia” Irene was able to provide. Their visits to Belize City have become regular. They were drawn to the hustle and bustle of the city and to Mina who, although she was not yet an adult, showed a pubescent breast reminiscent of her mother’s. Romantic exchanges began with one of the Zelaya boys, and soon the evidence of their youthful indiscretion manifested itself in an embarrassing way. That this kind of scandal arose so soon in the house of the newly formed family repelled the captain, a man of martial discipline and decorum. He understood the nature of youth, but it just couldn’t be tolerated in his house.

Although there was really nothing she could do to prevent the teenage love affair, poor Irene suffered the full brunt of the disgrace and became depressed. The Zelaya boys could visit but were no longer allowed to sleep at the residence. To contain public embarrassment, Mina was banished from the house, out of sight, to live with a family friend of Captain Price in the Western District of Cayo.

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