An Educational Caribbean History Game in development.
When a series of strange events occur one night on the island of St. Croix, a 17 year old girl named Lynn overcomes her fears and solves riddles and puzzles in order to unveil the past. This game seeks to explore the idea of a young adults search for cultural identity in the 21st century.
What was the Fireburn?
The Fireburn was a Labor Riot that took place in St. Croix on October 1st 1878. Despite the emancipation of slavery in the Virgin Islands on July 3rd,1848, former slaves were still faced with unfair pay and labor conditions in the following years. The Labor Riot was a demonstration to publicly demand for fair pay and contracts.
Who were the Four Rebel Queens?
The Four Rebel Queens were three Cruzan women known as Mary Thomas "Queen Mary", Axeline Elizabeth Salomon "Agnes", Mathilda McBean, and Susanna Abramson. Due to their active role in the Fireburn Revolt, they became well known historical figures and symbols of the event.
How is this game relevant?
This game seeks to contrast the present and the past by comparing the 1878 Fireburn Slave Revolt with the Black Lives Matter peaceful protests movement of the 21st century.
During the game, your character will face issues pertaining to these topics, causing the player to develop their own point of view.
The Goal of Fireburn
The goal of “Fireburn” is to address the topics of Caribbean history, the Labor Riot of 1878, and the four Rebel Queen's involvement in the movement. The topics will be talked about in depth in order for the player to be knowledgeable of historical facts, such as dates, and the global and local causes and effects of the Fireburn.
While looking through your Grandmother’s room, you find artifacts that take you to the 1800s Danish West Indies. You then face the troubling question of whether or not the destruction ensued in the Fireburn slave revolt was the best solution in order to achieve equal pay and fair contracts among former slaves in St. Croix, and subsequently the Virgin Islands.
While she ponders about the Fireburn, it’s destruction, and the peaceful protests of the Black Lives Matter movement, she wonders about the effectiveness and morality of each protest method and what her place is when it comes to standing up for human rights.