A People's Historical Journey to Self Determination & Decolonization

The Ay Ay Islands, (f.k.a.) The Danish West Indies, (n.k.a.) Virgin Islands of the United States

Emancipation - 1848

As with the 1733 Rebellion, rebels were denied the opportunity to leave their own written or other documentary accounts of their experiences and perceptionsthrough second and third hand narratives provide the following  accounts  for future generations of Virgin Islanders........

General Buddhoe~Liberator of the Virgin Islands

Emancipation Proclamation - July 3, 1848

Emancipation in the Danish West Indies : Reading Representations in History and Historical Fiction


1849 Labor Act

The end of slavery – Compensation to the slave owners - The Danish West-Indies

Emancipation - 2017

Ancestral and Indigenous Inhabitants of the Danish West Indies who were neither citizens or subjects of Denmark were neither passive beneficiaries of a munificent monarchy nor complacent victims of imperial designs, but active agents who, notwithstanding insurmountable odds, labored energetically to recover and preserve their freedom. On July 2, 1848 over eight thousand enslaved people lead by John Gottliff, Moses Roberts, Martin "Admiral" King along with others marched together, demanded their freedom and gave Governor-General Peter von Scholten a 4 p.m. deadline to liberate them.


June 26 – July 3 Proclaimed Freedom Week

Governor Kenneth Mapp has proclaimed this Freedom Week in the U.S. Virgin Islands in accordance with Act. No. 8002.

Freedom Week encompasses two significant dates in the Territory’s history – July 2, 1848 when a call went out to enslaved Africans to come to Fort Frederik in the town of Frederiksted and July 3, 1848 when Governor General Peter Von Scholten, then Governor of the Danish West Indies, officially announced that, “All unfree in the Danish West Indies are from today, free”.

“Due to their heroic efforts, the enslaved Africans in Frederiksted, St. Croix succeeded in freeing all unfree persons in the Danish West Indies from the bonds of chattel,” the proclamation states. “I urge all people of the Virgin Islands to take a moment and think about that had it not been for the brave efforts of our ancestors that came before us, we would have never been able to enjoy and experience the freedoms that we have today.”

Emancipation Day, July 3, has long been recognized as a holiday in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Freedom Week has been proclaimed from June 26th through July 3. Freedom Week

Governor’s Proclamation