A very moving statue for Ailsa’s Travel Theme

Last Christmas, on our drive up to New Jersey from Florida, we stopped off overnight in the beautiful historical city of Savannah, Georgia. Our hotel was quite near to the waterfront, so we took a stroll down to River Street to see the boats, but were stopped in our tracks when we came upon this commemorative African-American monument, which stands just behind the Hyatt Hotel. This bronze statue depicts a family of four, embracing one another after emancipation. The chains of slavery lie at their feet.

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The back view is also very emotive.

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On the plinth are these two images.

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The statue was erected in July 2002, and the inscription is by the poet, Maya Angelou:

We were stolen, sold and bought together from the African continent. We got on the slave ships together. We lay back to belly in the holds of the slave ships in each others excrement and urine together, sometimes died together, and our lifeless bodies thrown overboard together. Today, we are standing up together, with faith and even some joy.

This is probably the most heart-touching statue I’ve ever seen, and I found it difficult to tear myself away and carry on with my walk.

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77 comments on “A very moving statue for Ailsa’s Travel Theme

  1. Such an emotive piece. I can only imagine how moving it must be to stand before it. Just today, I heard part of an interview with former President Jimmy Carter. He was speaking out against human trafficking and the slave trade today. The numbers were astonishing.

  2. Beautiful and moving …. the sad thing is that slavery is still massive problem today – human trafficking. People working in households for very low payment … children for under contractors to massive international companies … for pennies per day. It’s the most profitable crime industry after drugs.

      • Read an report from FBI – US is the biggest market for human trafficking – terrible … its all down to the money – if we legalize prostitution, 70% of the human trafficking will disappeared, as they do in Holland and Germany. The girls pay tax and they go on monthly health checkups.
        2% is men.

  3. Very compelling and so eloquently presented, Sylvia. And I agree with the other commentators – this was not so long ago and it’s something we must never forget.

  4. Very moving. I’ve read books and seen films about those days – and they all make me cry. So many people are suffering. Today, in Sweden, we have young girls coming in from the Baltics who in reality are made into slaves by scrupulous men – often from their own countries. Those men promise them a new and better life here – but slaves are what they become.

  5. Great shots. I have just finished reading a novel, “The Forgotten” about slaves being brought into Florida. A bit of fact, a bit of fiction…but statues, reminders, like these makes one wonder how much of each.

  6. such horror, yet people are living with it today, and the remnants of it that are passed down family lines … if only we can remember we can help prevent it … thanks for this moving post and thanks to the sculptor and the poet for their work

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  8. Reminds me of the movies,12 years a slave and another one which title I can’t remember now, it’s about Sandra Laing…anyways, this is a very moving statue indeed, Sylvia!

  9. having recently seen the harrowing movie “12 years a slave” this statue resonated with me. I cannot understand man’s continuing inhumanity to one another even now.

  10. I love this post for many reasons … The most important, is that this statue shows freedom ! …
    And freedom is something I really belive in !! …

    For some days ago, I saw the most heart breaking film I ever seen .. ” 12 Years a slave ” … Lupita Nyong’o is fantastic in her roll Patsey …
    I cried when i saw this film …

    And this statue is a reminder of how colored people has suffered …

    This statue is a great wakeup call … Even though itΒ΄s 2014 … // Maria πŸ™‚

  11. Anything to do with slavery does my head in and I get a bit choked up and hot under the collar when some people suggest it was less than the heinous crime it was, and that it still goes on in one form or another today.
    Good post.

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