THE THREE QUEENS OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS – Queen Mary, Agnes & Matilda (1800s)
Three former enslaved Blacks led a labor revolt in the Danish Virgin Islands, now the U.S. Virgin Islands in the late 1800s. Queen Mary, Queen Agnes and Queen Matilda were immortalized as sculptors on a fountain located on a hill above the city of Charlotte Amalie in St. Thomas. The women are shown standing back to back forming a triangle.
A plaque below the statue 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.”
By: Kweku Ofori