1st March 2018 the statue ‘I Am Queen Mary’ was inaugurated in Copenhagen in front of the West Indian Warehouse.
In February 2021 the Danish government officially permitted the artists La Vaughn Belle and Jeannette Ehlers to place the statue permanently in Copenhagen, and encouraged them in raising the remaining funds for a bronze version of the statue.
See crowdfunding campaign: https://www.iamqueenmary.com/
By Angela Golden Bryan.
The main character, James is being bullied, and his history teacher inspires the children to speak up for James after she shares the story of the Fireburn.
Director Angela Golden Bryans new documentary is circulating in film festivals: ‘Fireburn the Documentary, a powerful short film on the human rights violations that occurred during the Fireburn — the bloody Labor Revolt of 1878, on the Island of St. Croix — will make its global debut at various film festivals this year and was just awarded Best Documentary Short at the Chicago Indie Film Awards, and will air on PBS in 2022.’
In the US Virgin Islands, Fireburn is often told through oral family or community histories, lyrics in songs and re-enactments, and families have ancestors, who were involved.
Annual events commemorating St. Croix Fiyahbun on October 1st.1878 when Afrakan laborers rose up against unjust labor and wages. Hosted annually in Frederiksted, St. Croix by UCA. Presentations pictured of Dr. Chenzira D. Kahina sharing educational workshop at St. Croix Educational Complex on October 1st, 2012
Gladys A. Abraham Elementary School Cultural Choir singing Queen Mary at the United Virgin Islands (BVI/USVI) Friendship Day Celebration at Yacht Haven Grande on Saturday, October 2, 2010. The choir is conducted by Ms. Neomie Toussaint-Williams and is known for it's cultural and entertaining repertoire highlighting Virgin Islands music along with music from Africa.
The blog is going to be written by scholars, activists, descendants of Fireburn rioters and others engaged in this part of history - stay tuned.
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