Saturday, August 4, 2012

Fountain: The Three Queens of the Virgin Islands


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The Three Queens of the Virgin Islands Fountain
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands



GPS: N18° 20.599; W064° 55.780

Quick Description: 
Three Queens of the Virgin Islands fountain is located below Blackbeard's Castle in Charlotte Amalie on St. Thomas Island.

Long Description:
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. The stand on in a circular basin surrounded by jets of water. the fountain is surrounded by a lawn and vegetation. At the south end of the vegetation there is a bronze plaque with the inscription:

THE THREE QUEENS OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS


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.

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