Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Memorial of Anse Cafard

These 15 statues watch the sea and Le Diamant Rock.  This memorial was done in 1991 during the 150th anniversary of the abolition of slavery.  Note - It wasn't until 1865 that slavery in America was abolished.

Their low shoulders and lost looks mark the tragic loss of lives when a slave ship grounded and sank off this point in 1830.

Fellow slaves on a habitation (plantation) nearby tried to rescue as many as possible.  The ship's slaves were tied up and could not swim or run away.  The survivors fell into a weird legal middle ground and were eventually shipped to French Guyana.

The triangle shape of the installation symbolizes the triangle slave trade.

A moving memorial.

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