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Our memorial is placed at the steps of the Columbus Riverwalk. There are ten steps, including stepping into the water. Each step will mark a significant time period in African American History. We chose the steps and the river for historical and symbolic purposes. The river was used for moving enslaved Africans down the river. Getting out of the water is symbolic for getting out of danger, and climbing each steps is symbolic for conquering every time period described. Once you get to the top, there will be a taller statue representing the present day African American, along with a big plaque that describes each time period represented on the staircase. Another symbolic note our memorial represents is when the river floods. When the river floods, most if not all the statues will be under water. This can represent the state in which who gets hurt by floods the most, poverty stricken Africa Americans living in government housing.
Columbus State University
Columbus, Georgia, Riverwalk, Transatlantic Slave Trade
Bolar, Jacob; Cason, Kyndall; Hart, Brittany; and Wesley, Kameren, "Columbus River Walk Enslaved African Memorial" (2020). History from Below: Memorialization Projects. 29.