Mary, Agnes and Matilda - Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas - USVI
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Quick Description: Three Queens of the Virgin Islands, Mary, Agnes and Matilda, fountain is located below Blackbeard's Castle in Charlotte Amalie on St. Thomas Island in the United States Virgin Islands.
Location: US Virgin Islands
Date Posted: 8/26/2013 11:06:31 AM
Waymark Code: WMHY5P
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. Three life-sized bronze sculptures of the women known as Queen Mary, Queen Agnes and Queen Matilda are subject of this fountain. The sculptures were created by American sculptor Richard Hallier for the fountain that was installed in 2005.
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.
History of Queen Mary, Queen Agnes and Queen Matilda - The Three Queens of the Virgin Islands