Alberta Blagrove

Alberta Louise Clark Blagrove born in St. Phillips Parrish, Barbados to Richard and Keturah Clark in 1902. She came from humble beginnings. As a child migrated to the United States with her parents. As a young woman she moved from New York City to Atlantic City, NJ with her family to assist her brother Austin Clark with his business.

Alberta instilled high moral values and to love God in her children and grandchildren. She also taught them to be innovative and too be leaders. She was the 1st black female bookkeeper for a leading company in Atlantic City. Mom  Bert as she was known by many was a true community leader. She wore many hats. People came from all around to seek her advice as well as get clothes made by her. She was an advocate for senior citizens, fighting for and getting reduced fares for them.

In her community she taught the children to take pride in their neighborhood and the correct way to address government to receive equal rights. The children and families in her community looked forward to her yearly free trip to the lake. Alberta belonged to many organizations. The one organization that was dear to her heart was “The Sons and Daughters of the Islands” an organization that she started. This organization hosted an annual Calypso Celebration that brought Caribbean descendants from miles around to attend. She was very proud of her Bajan roots, and instilled in her grandchildren to always be proud that they were descendants of BARBADOS, WEST INDIES.