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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:


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…

2 responses to “The Three Queens of the Virgin Islands: a bit of history

  1. pastorasher 14 January 2017 at 5:39 pm

    Dear joyqty,

    Thank you for your comment. Unfortunately when I was visiting St. Thomas on the day that I took these pictures, I was visiting as a tourist. That means, that I know very little about the history of this monument, nor about three ladies whom this monument depicts.

    All I can tell you that their story was burned into my consciousness and inspired me. I hope that when you produce your article, I can find it on the web and read it.

    I also pray that these three ladies [their names are Mary Thomas, Axeline Elizabeth (Agnes) Salomon, and Mathilda McBean to the best of my knowledge] will inspire you and that their fervor and faith will stay with you for the rest of your life.

    God Bless,
    Pastor Asher

  2. joyqty 16 January 2017 at 4:51 am

    Thanks, Pastor Asher.
    Their story is really inspiring. I have learned to love and adore what the women did for their country. I just finished reading a novel, “The Girl You Left Behind,” by Jojo Moyes and I can’t help but link the plight of these three women and Sophie, from the novel. The things they did for a better tomorrow are just heartbreaking. Even though the second one is just a book, I came to appreciate what some people do so that others can have a future to live in.
    Anyway, I am still short on the information I was looking for, and my deadline is tomorrow. It looks like I will have to submit my work without giving credit to the sculptor or the one who paid for those sculptures.
    Thanks for taking your time to get back to me. I appreciate.

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