The Importance of Historical Re-Enactments
This time last year, on October 8th, 2016, the V.I. Consortium wrote a news article titled “St. Croix Students Reenact 1878 Fireburn in Frederiksted”. The article covered a Fireburn Labor Riot Re-enactment organized by the Director of the Division of V.I. Cultural Education, Ms. Valrica Bryson. It also involved student volunteers from 7th and 9th grade.
The efforts taken by the students and faculty of the Arthur A. Richards Jr. High School and St. Croix Educational Complex were to ensure that students in the Virgin Islands understand the significance of the Fireburn Labor Riot. On October of 2014, a community re-enactment of the Fireburn was held on St. Croix, as seen in an article titled “’Fireburn’ Remembered: A Photo Gallery”. Re-enactments such as these help to re-define and re-contextualize historic events from the 1800s.
I was first taught about the Fireburn Labor Riot while taking a Virgin Islands History class at Charlotte Amalie High School in 2010. Old High school notebooks and worksheets found recently, reminded me of how I initially studied Caribbean History as a matter of course. Now, years later, I am realizing the value of discovering historic events that happened where I grew up and around the world through art.
I was inspired to use my background in digital media and interaction design to create an artistic and re-contextualized video game about the Fireburn Labor Riot. While researching some of the causes that lead up to the Fireburn, I realized that there are few online documents that describe who the four Rebel Queens were as individuals before the event. To insure the most historical accuracy, I am interested in partnering with organizations responsible for the preservation of Virgin Islands history and culture.
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Blog posted on 10-8-2017 by Uchenna Ofoha.
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