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Le Negre Marron- Haiti

 

"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.

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