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A ‘rebel queen’ gets her due, Denmark gets first public statue of a Black woman

By Teddy Grant,

Danish artists honored a black woman who led a labor revolt in the Caribbean over Danish colonialism in the Caribbean in 1878.

A statue called “I am Queen Mary” was unveiled on Saturday celebrating Mary Thomas, a “rebel queen” who led the “largest labor revolt in Danish colonial history,” according to the New York Times.

Thomas spearheaded the 1878 uprising called “Fireburn,” where she and other female leaders initiated the burning of 50 plantations on the island of St. Croix.


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