Denmark unveils first public statue of black woman
With a torch clutched in one hand and a cut sugar cane in the other, the statue is inspired by Mary Thomas.
Thomas is known as one of three female leaders that started an uprising in the late 1800s called Fireburn.
Denmark’s first statue of a black woman, entitled “I am Queen Mary”, celebrates Mary Thomas, a 19th-century rebel who led the largest labour revolt in Danish colonial history, by Danish artist Jeannette Ehlers and Virgin Islander artist La Vaughn Belle #womensart
Fireburn was one of the most memorable and largest labour revolts in Danish colonial history.
“This project is about challenging Denmark’s collective memory and changing it,” says La Vaughn Belle, one of artists who designed the statue.
This 23 feet tall statue depicting one of the leaders of a fiery revolt against Danish colonialism is being billed as the country’s first public monument to a black woman https://nyti.ms/2J4LwKV
Denmark Gets First Public Statue of a Black Woman, a ‘Rebel Queen’
As a challenge to the country’s collective memory, two artists unveiled a monument to a 19th-century figure who led a fiery revolt against Danish colonial rule in the Caribbean.
The statue’s platform was gathered from the remnants of historic buildings on St. Croix, which was cut by African slaves.
Statue creator Jeannette Ehlers teamed up with Belle for the project.
She says the majority of the monuments in Denmark represent “white males” and that is why this “Queen Rebel” statue is so significant.