Denmark Gets First Public Statue of a Black Woman, a ‘Rebel Queen’

Denmark Gets First Public Statue of a Black Woman, a ‘Rebel Queen’

The statue of Mary Thomas called “I Am Queen Mary” is the first public monument to a black woman in Denmark, according to the artists. CreditNick Furbo

By Martin Selsoe Sorensen – New York Times – March 31, 2018

COPENHAGEN — The statue of the woman is nearly 23 feet tall. Her head is wrapped and she stares straight ahead while sitting barefoot, but regally, in a wide-backed chair, clutching a torch in one hand and a tool used to cut sugar cane in the other.

In Denmark, where most of the public statues represent white men, two artists on Saturday unveiled the striking statue that portrays a 19th-century rebel queen who led a fiery revolt against Danish colonial rule in the Caribbean.  It’s being billed as Denmark’s first public monument to a black woman.         

READ MORE:  https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/31/world/europe/denmark-statue-black-woman.html

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