Slavery Memorial (Brown University)

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Title

Slavery Memorial (Brown University)

Subject

Subject (Topic)
Slavery
Northeastern United States
Public art
Public sculpture
Subject (Object Type)
Commemorative sculpture

Description

Located near University Hall, the oldest building on campus and constructed with the labor of enslaved persons, the memorial has two distinct features: a sculpture and a stone plinth. The sculpture consists of a massive ductile-iron chain, which emerges from a large iron dome. The links of the chain are broken and the iron dome, just visible as it peaks out of the earth, recalls the physical restraints of a ball and chain. A stone plinth with engraved text stands next to the sculpture.

Creator

Puryear, Martin

Date

Dedicated: September 27, 2014

Contributor

The Slavery and Justice Committee of Brown University

Rights

Brown University

Relation

To read more about the work, click here.

Format

JPEG

Language

English

Type

Visual Arts-Sculpture

Coverage

Manning Hall, 21 Prospect St, Providence, RI 02912, United States

Has Part

Inscription on stone plinth:

"This memorial recognizes Brown University’s connection to the trans-Atlantic slave trade and the work of Africans and African-Americans, enslaved and free, who helped build our university, Rhode Island, and the nation."

Extent

Sculpture: 96” x 96” x 55” & Plinth: 43 3/8” x 39 ½” x 30”

Medium

Granite; Ductile cast iron; Stainless steel

Rights Holder

Renée Ater

Citation

Puryear, Martin, “Slavery Memorial (Brown University),” Contemporary Monuments to the Slave Past, accessed August 25, 2019, http://slaverymonuments.org/items/show/1126.

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