News on the statue I Am Queen Mary

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.

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New Childrens’ Book "James and the Fireburn."

March 2021

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.

Fireburn the Documentary

Update March 2021

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.’


Barnard welcomes a queen to campus

15. Oct, 2019

'Barnard College proudly welcomes the sculpture "I Am Queen Mary" memorializing resistance to Danish colonialism in the Caribbean'



I Am Queen Mary - A Hybrid of Bodies, Nations and Narratives

1. October 2018, Copenhagen

By La Vaughn Belle & Jeannette Ehlers

'"I Am Queen Mary" speaks to many resistance movements and traditions. She anticipates the question "Who are you?" and in the African tradition of call-and-response announces her presence. By speaking her humanity into existence she stakes her claim on the site and reshapes the narrative for future generations.'

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Into the Dark /For love alone

12. Oct, 2018

Jeannette Ehlers / Tiphanie Yanique



I Am Queen Mary News2, US Virgin Islands, March 20, 2018

March 25, 2018

News feature about the unveiling of public sculpture in Copenhagen commemorating Queen Mary of the Fireburn uprising.

Fireburn The Game

September, 2017

An in-development Caribbean History narrative VR film that artistically explores ancestry, identity, and the St. Croix Fireburn Labor Riot of 1878.

St. Croix Students Reenact 1878 Fireburn

October 8, 2016

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.  

St. Croix Fiyahbun Day October 1, 2012

March 2, 2013

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 - Queen Mary

October 3, 2010

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.


October 1, 2010

A Commemoration of the Oct. 1, 1878 St. Croix Labor Revolt. Frederiksted, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands