the caribbean museum center for the arts
the coal woman
A monumental sculpture installation for Frederiksted Pier
honoring the coal women of the Virgin Islands
For almost a century, this is all women were paid for
carrying baskets of coal that fueled the ships
throughout the Caribbean ports.
The Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts on St. Croix
is excited to announce plans to erect a dynamic, 14-foot-tall
sculpture created by internationally known artist Susan Luery
for the cruise ship pier in Frederiksted.
A globally recognizable landmark, the sculpture will
celebrate the history of the Caribbean dockworkers and will
welcome visitors from around the world as they
arrive at port to the island.
by Vcevy Strekalovsky
Standing tall on the pier, facing the arriving ships, the
bronze sculpture of the female dockworker will provide a
dramatic vision at this major port of entry, all while her
flowing, windswept garments conjure images of the port's
historic and colonial past.
The sculpture will be created by internationally known
artist Susan Luery.
Born in Baltimore, she attended the Maryland Institute College
of Art and later refined her gift for sculpting in Carrara,
Italy, where she worked with maestro sculptor Alberto
She is best known for such monumental works as
Her work can be found in private, public, and museum
The names of our sponsors will be featured on the permanent
bronze plaque at the site of the sculpture.
A bronze, signed and numbered, limited edition, museum-quality
fine art collectable version of the Coal Woman sculpture will
be presented to benefactors for sponsorship of over $25
Sponsors will be granted use of the print image of the
statue on publicity materials and related 2D media.
Join us and be part of our effort in honoring these
hardworking women of our past
Send all checks & inquiries to
P.O. Box 734
Coal Woman Statue Fund
Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts
10 Strand Street
Fredriksted, St. Croix, VI 00841