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For our project, we decided to memorialize the trans-Atlantic slave trade in Columbus, Georgia. At the intersection of 11th Street and Broadway, an infamous tree was uprooted. With our research, we found that adult males were dominant on these slaves ships so diving into this, we decided to design a plaque wrapped with chain with a praying angel mounted on top to symbolize the hanging of two enslaved male Africans that occurred in this city. At night, the plaque will begin to glow (yellowish/gold) and the chain will seem like it is in the process of breaking (white light/dim), to signify freedom. A brick pathway that has lights leads to the plaque so that people can learn more; with the fountain on the other side so they can sit and reflect on the city's past events.
Columbus State University
Columbus, Georgia, Slavery, Transatlantic Slave Trade
Cordero, Israel; Odeboh, Oluwayemisi; Dean, Jequan; and Felder, Jacreyn, "Freedom Angel Memorial" (2020). History from Below: Memorialization Projects. 32.