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The Three Queens of the Virgin Islands: a bit of history

I saw this statue on St. Thomas, USVI and it piqued my interest. Below there statue there is a plaque – here is an image and the text of the plaque.

The plaque reads:

THE THREE QUEENS OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS

in 1878 three former slave ladies on St. Croix led an insurrection against the Danish Government for improved working and living conditions. During this action a major portion of Frederiksted was destroyed by fire. This revolt is known today as “FIREBURN” and the ladies are renowned as “Queen Mary, Queen Agnes and Queen Matilda” – The Three Queens of the Virgin Islands.

Three former slaves that led a labor revolt in the Danish Virgin Islands, now the U.S. Virgin Islands, are honored with this fountain located on a hill above the city of Charlotte Amalie. Bronze sculptures of the women known as Queen Mary, Queen Agnes and Queen Matilda are subject of this fountain.

The women are shown standing back to back forming a triangle. All three women are wearing long dresses, aprons and long sleeved blouses. The woman on the left carries a lantern in her right hand. The central figure holds a harvesting tool in her right hand and a torch in her left. The woman on the right holds a torch in her right hand.

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The story of these three ladies intrigued me and ignited my imagination. I will do some more research later…

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