“ The efforts described so far barely scratched the surface of the need for secondary schooling in Antigua, especially among the black lower classes who had very little access. It was to address this need that [18 year old] Nellie Robinson founded the Thomas Oliver Robinson Memorial School in 1898, as a fitting way to commemorate her deceased brother, who had been devoted to her. This was the first truly private nondenominational secondary school in Antigua and it was open not just to all creeds, but to all races. This was a breath of fresh air after the stifling exclusiveness of the various grammar schools. This school did not focus as much as did the AGS on serving the British Empire, and emphasis was placed instead on preparing students to help themselves and to serve others.
— Howard A. Fergus - A History of Education in the British Leeward Islands, 1838 - 1945
“ Disease was indeed a problem. Now very few trained doctors was around and they were not interested to attend to poor black people, so we just have to make up our minds to live without them and use our own means to make life more easy. For example, there was always a local village doctor. Now whether it was by accident or by design, I don’t know, but the local village doctor was always a woman. I can’t remember even one man that know very much local remedy. These women doctors knew the local remedy for all kinds of things, the best bush for the particular sickness. Some people was cured, others wasn’t. The important thing was them women sure try. Them did their best to help….The best village doctor also have the knowledge to refit dislocated ribs back into the right place. The bakkra (white) doctors wasn’t competent in this. Them never could do that job better than the women that serve as village doctors. Them women do everything to lessen the sufferings of our poor people. “There is a tree to cure every sickness and a tree to suit every purpose” - that was our belief. God bless them.
Keithlyn B. Smith and Fernando C. Smith - To Shoot Hard Labour: The Life and Times of Samuel Smith, An Antiguan Workingman, 1877 - 1982