From Lion's Blood to Kindred, history influences alot of black speculative fiction. This is a group to discuss history, its presence in speculative fiction, biographies, counterfactuals and whatever else anyone thinks is relevant...
Latest Activity: Dec 2, 2017
"Le Negre Marron" (The Black Maroon; in creole, "Neg Mawon"), often translated in English as the "Unknown Slave" statue; on the boulevard "Champ de Mars" with Haiti's presidential palace in background. The "Negre Marron" is shown with left leg extended (broken chain on his ankle); a machete (partially hidden by flower wreaths) is in his right hand, and his left hand holds a conch shell to his lips. The conch shell was often used as a trumpet to assemble people. Created by the Haitian sculptor/architect, Albert Mangones (1917-2002) in 1968 or 1969, the statue was commissioned by the Duvalier government to commemorate the slaves who revolted against France.- Excerpt from The Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life In Americas, Virginia.edu
*note- the statue was put up by the infamous Duvalier dictatorship, part of their continued efforts to appropriate and co-opt images of the popular Haitian Revolution to further their very anti-revolutionary and brutal reign.
Ansar Dine, a radical Islamist militia, has set about destroying mausoleums and shrines in the historic Malian city of Timbuktu, which was once a great center of Islamic learning in the 15th and 16th…Continue
Face to face with the descendants of the elite force of the Malian empirePhotographer Philippe Bordas spent several years with Mali's hunters capturing on film their mastery of their trade. Now he…Continue