Frederiksted Customs House


A fountain named ‘Freedom’ stands in front of the Customs House. The bronze sculpture portrays Moses Gottlieb, also known as John Guttliff Bordeaux, General Buddhoe, or General Bordeaux. He played a vital role in the island’s emancipation efforts. Originally a skilled sugar boiler who could read and write, he was often lent to other estates from La Grange due to his exceptional skills and leadership qualities. This unique position enabled effective communication with enslaved workers from different estates. Despite the Crown declaring emancipation in 1847, there was no significant improvement in the conditions of enslaved workers on St. Croix. Consequently, in 1848, a revolt led by Buddhoe erupted.

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