Contract Day

Contract Day occurred on October 1, 1878 on the island of St. Croix in the Danish West Indies, now known as the Virgin Islands of the United States. 30 years earlier in 1848, the enslaved African population on the island of St. Croix, in the Danish West Indies engaged in a rebellion known as Emancipation Day, which occurred on July 3, 1848. The rebellion officially liberated the people from enslavement, but enslavement was replaced with “contract” labor. Therefore, Contract Day was in fact a labor strike, but the event remain infamous in local history because it was accompanied by “fire burn” wherein a major portion of the town of Frederiksted was burned to the ground. Barbaric and horrific executions followed…