tober, the St. Croix Jazz and Caribbean Music and Arts Festival features an ongoing arts and cultural exhibition.
The celebrations of special historical events are recurring reminders of the past. Organic Act Day on June 21 commemorates the Organic Act of 1936 that granted local government to the Islands. The Slaves Rebellion of 1733 is remembered on St. John at the end of June. In the first mass resistance ever displayed in the Islands' history, slaves took control of St. John for six months before the revolt was crushed. July 3 is Virgin Islands Emancipation Day, marking the end of slavery in the former Dutch West Indies in 1848. Fireburn recalls an 1878 revolt in Frederiksted led by a slave named Queen Mary of St. Croix, who led women and children in the razing of homes and stores in a protest against slavery. D. Hamilton Jackson Day on November 1 commemorates the man who won the right to a free press and other reforms from Denmark on a 1915 mission there.56