News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. April 9, 2018: A Caribbean-born artist has made history by collaborating to create the first public monument to a black woman in Denmark.
Tobago-born, St. iphone 6plus custodia Croix-based artist, La Vaughn Belle, collaborated with Copenhagen-based Jeannette Ehlers, to create “I Am Queen Mary,” a tribute to Mary Thomas, a 19th-century freedom fighter who led a major uprising on St. Croix, one of the Virgin Islands that was then part of the Danish West Indies.
The statue was unveiled in March 31 at the Danish West Indian Warehouse in Copenhagen and marks 101 years since Transfer Day, when Denmark sold St. custodia iphone 6 plus rossa phone case iphone 6 silver Croix, St. iphone 8 thick case Thomas, and St. John to the United States for $25 million.
The European country never fully acknowledged its colonialist past in the Caribbean; although the Danish government recognizes Denmark’s wrongful role in the slave trade, it has never formally apologized for it
The statue is painted entirely black and rising nearly 23 feet on a hefty pedestal. custodia brillantini iphone 6 Thomas is shown seated in a position of power and government.
Thomas was an important leader of the ‘Fireburn’ labour revolt on St. Croix. The Fireburn began on October 1, 1878 as an uprising against the contractual servitude that continued to bind workers to the plantation system after the 1848 abolition of slavery in the former Danish West Indies.
The insurrection was for better working and living conditions and involved burning down most of Frederiksted town as well as sugar cane fields on a great number of St. boss iphone x case Croix’s plantations. Along with Mary Thomas, the three women Axeline ‘Agnes’ Elizabeth Salomon, Matilde McBean and Susanna ‘Bottom Belly’ Abrahamsson led the largest labor revolt in Danish colonial history. custodia rigida iphone 7 They were arrested and sent to Denmark in 1882 to serve prison sentences in Christianshavn’s Women’s Prison.
Their sentences were later commuted and they were returned to St. Croix and venerated in U.S. Virgin Islands cultural mythology as the Queens of the Fireburn. custodia iphone x donna There are folksongs dedicated to Queen Mary and a highway named in her honor.
Belle, whose roots also extend to Barbados, also teaches at the University of the Virgin Islands and own a few businesses – a Latin dance studio, House of Clave, and a guesthouse, Trumpetbush Manor – with her husband, Rivert Diaz. black shockproof iphone 6 case She moved to St.