Hello All, Has anyone ever heard of a yearly event on STX called Fireburn? I can't seem to find any info but it seems to come up when you google older crucian authors. Thx for any info.
Though the slaves were freed in 1848, The economic conditions on the island were so bad that the former slaves rioted and burned much of Frederiksted and many plantations on the island. Today they use the term Firburn meaning to start a riot, revolt etc. The Official date of the event is Oct 1.
Bombi is not going to be able to help you on this, he gave you some wrong information. (Budhoe) had nothing to do with the Fireburn of 1878. Budhoe's real name was Moses Gottlieb it is believed he came from the British West Indies, He could read and write. He was sometimes called Budoe or General Bordeaux, he had been the secret organizer and avowed leader of the uprising of the slaves in 1848. He was deported Jan 8, 1849 to Trinidad and never to be heard from again. The Fireburn of 1878 was a different event. The Fireburn is also known as contract day October 1. ,The freed slaves would have to sign a contract for labor every year and the pay was inadequate so they started to riot and burn. A couple of ladies went to jail for this The Queen Mary Hwy is in honor of one of them.
Budhoe is available at Undercover Books in Gallows Bay or at one ofthe islands librarys. Although it isn'y specifically about the fireburn it does mention it and sets the tone of why it happened. It is a great read and very insightful in portraying the era of slavery and revolt on STX.