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African-American Monument

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Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 8 January 2020 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

Erected in Rousakis Plaza along River Street, Savannah’s African-American Monument honors the contributions of its black citizens to its history, economy and culture, and acknowledges the city’s role in the institution of slavery.

It represents an important step forward in the inclusion of slavery and the black experience in Savannah’s public monuments, and a reminder of the many contributions made by the enslaved people by whom much of Savannah, literally and figuratively, was built.

The City of Savannah publicly acknowledged its involvement in the institution of slavery in 2007, five years after the African-American Monument was unveiled. That same year, a second memorial to the black contribution to Savannah, the Haitian Monument, was unveiled in Franklin Square.

The African-American Monument was designed by Savannah artist Dorothy Spradley. Standing nearly 11 feet tall, with a granite base, it depicts, in bronze, a family of four African-Americans in modern dress, standing together with broken chains around their feet.

The figures are positioned to face towards Africa. They face also towards the Savannah River and the Atlantic Ocean, upon which they were shipped as chattel to their new fates and what would become their new country.

Photo captured October 7, 2019.

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By Marie from Entre By Marie et Montagnes, France

This sculpture is really magnificent and your note very interesting. Thank you so much Steven

8 Jan 2020 6:15am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

It is great that such a monument has been built. The unfortunate thing is that the slave trade is not over. It's just better hidden than before.

8 Jan 2020 6:22am

Ginnie Hart from Netherlands

FINALLY...the recognition! God have mercy on us all.

8 Jan 2020 6:34am

Martine Girard from Brest, France

Magnifique sculpture. Je remarque leur air triste.

8 Jan 2020 6:48am

jpla from St Barthélémy, France

Comme le dit Martine, il ne sont pas joyeux

8 Jan 2020 7:47am

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

A good monument. Sign of humanity.

8 Jan 2020 8:24am

Pascale MD from Occitanie, France

Magnifique sculpture chargée d'émotions sur l'histoire.
J'ai tellement de mal à imaginer que de telles pratiques aient pu exister, et pourtant.... ;-(
Bonne journée Steven

8 Jan 2020 8:28am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

The sculpture reminds us peacefulness.

8 Jan 2020 9:03am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

A great look at this sculpture Steven.

8 Jan 2020 10:07am

Marjolein from Westvoorne, Netherlands

Finally the recognition of their pain !

8 Jan 2020 10:37am

Devi from Chennai, India

what a a poignant tale you have narrated ! Fantastic capture of the sculptures.
Thank you for sharing Steven

8 Jan 2020 11:23am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Despite the broken chains they don't look happy, though at least gross injustice has been publicly recognised. Well captured

8 Jan 2020 12:01pm

willy from Belgium

with broken chains..

un monument respectable Steven


8 Jan 2020 1:32pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

I can feel their strong emotions. A well cast sculpture.

8 Jan 2020 2:04pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelle statue et famille réunie superbe vue qui a beaucoup d'émotions
Belle soirée

8 Jan 2020 3:40pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Quel joli récit tu nous as fait avec une photo superbes.
Ce sont de très belles sculptures.

8 Jan 2020 4:41pm

Existence Artistique from Angers, France


8 Jan 2020 4:54pm

Don from Spokane, United States

Fine figures and a signicant comment make this important.

8 Jan 2020 7:14pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

A beautifulimage of this superb sculpture !!

8 Jan 2020 8:08pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

This is another interesting Savannah monument.

9 Jan 2020 1:23am

Rose from United States

This is such a great sculpture...I had it open on my phone and wanted to wait and see on computer.

9 Jan 2020 1:46am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

I am not qualified to criticize art, especially art depicting the Black experience, but... (why does the "but" disclaimer always precede someone making an ass of himself?). Okay, I won't.

9 Jan 2020 4:15am

Dreams come true from Utrecht, Netherlands

A important sculpture.
That whe the slavery not forgotten.

9 Jan 2020 1:24pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful sculptures and a great monument. And interesting information. :)

9 Jan 2020 6:48pm

yo from Ile de France, France

L'artiste représente une famille très triste, les chaînes n'ont pas complètement disparu... c'est significatif !

9 Jan 2020 8:54pm

jeanmadis from Chonburi, Thailand

Un hommage très émouvant à des familles qui ont tant soufferts et souffrent encore...

10 Jan 2020 1:47am

Elizabeth Buckalew from Flagstaff, United States

So very sad.... but a beautiful memorial... and an important one. Thank you, Steven.

10 Jan 2020 1:52am

Remus from Portugal

The symbolism of the figures positioned to face towards Africa, was very well thought out.
Lovely tribute.

10 Jan 2020 3:46pm

The Yum List from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

These are very important pieces of work.

13 Jan 2020 7:46am