Monuments to Resistance
The monuments and memorials in this section commemorate the enslaved and freemen and women who resisted bondage and worked to end the institution of slavery. In her book, The Slave's Cause: A History of Abolition historian Manisha Sinha examines the long history of Black liberation— resistance to slavery began at the moment of its inception. Resistance to enslavement took many forms— from rebellions aboard slave ships and the enslaved slowing the pace of work, feigning illness, and breaking tools on plantations to enslaved men and women escaping from bondage. The works in this section honor these diverse histories of resistance. The Amistad Memorial recognizes Sengbe Pieh, who led a revolt of abducted Africans against their captors on the Spanish slave ship, the Amistad, while the Edmonson Sisters Memorial in Alexandria, VA celebrates the abolitionists and formerly enslaved sisters Mary and Emily Edmonson.