Emancipation Garden, on St. Thomas, does NOT commemorate Abe Lincoln's emancipation of the slaves in the states. The emancipation referred to here is that declared by then-governor Peter von Scholten, that "All unfree in the Danish West Indies are, from today, free." This declaration was made on July 3, 1848, on the neighboring island of St. Croix, after an uprising of the slaves.

 

          

(Taken at the Top of 99 steps/not Emancipation Garden. The theme of emancipation can be seen throughout the city.) 

 

One of several statues in the Emancipation Garden