A petition to remove the bust of King Christian IX from the grounds of Emancipation Garden and replace it with the bust of emancipator Moses General Buddhoe Gottlieb has been signed by over 300 supporters since Emancipation Day.
At the time of this article’s posting, there were a total of 350 signatures spanning from the U.S. Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands, Dominica, as well as the mainland United States, the United Kingdom, and Denmark.
The petition began making rounds online in late March with around 31 signatures. After the 171st Emancipation Day celebration in the territory and 4th of July festivities, the petition continues to gain traction on social media, garnering signatures from Virgin Islanders and people around the world.
“King Christian IX of Denmark would die in January of 1906 and 3 years later… 30 years after the Fireburn… the first publicly erected monument in the Danish West Indies would be sent from Denmark and placed at the seaside entrance of our capital city in his honor — despite his having never stepped foot on our shores and his reign directly tied to our history of resistance.” – Excerpt from the original op-ed
The story of the Virgin Islands is being rewritten from the perspectives of Virgin Islanders. If you are a supporter of replacing the monument of King Christian IX on the grounds of Emancipation Garden, you can sign the petition here.