African-American Monument (Savannah, GA)

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Title

African-American Monument (Savannah, GA)

Subject

Subject (Topic)
American South
Georgia--History
Public art
Public sculpture
Savannah (Ga.)--History
Slavery
Slavery--Emancipation

Subject (Object Type)
Commemorative sculpture

Description

Sited on the tourist promenade of River Street, the work depicts a black family in contemporary dress. The father, mother, daughter, and son hold one another in a tight embrace as they stand on broken chains. Along the base of the work are engravings of ocean waves and two sets of chained hands.

Creator

Spradley, Dorothy, 1946-

Date

Dedicated: July 27, 2002

Contributor

Abigail Jordan and the African American Monument Association.

Rights

Greenscapes Division, Public Works & Water Resources, City of Savannah, 2 East Bay Street, Savannah, Georgia, 31401, United States

Format

JPEG

Language

English

Type

Visual Arts-Sculpture

Coverage

Rousakis Riverfront Plaza, Savannah, Georgia, 31401, United States

Has Part

Inscription on granite base:
“We were stolen, sold and bought together from the African continent. We got on the slave ships together. We lay back to belly in the holds of the slave ships in each other’s excrement and urine together, sometimes died together, and our lifeless bodies thrown overboard together. Today, we are standing up together, with faith and even some joy.” Maya Angelou

Bronze plaque with inscription on base:
Please help the
African American Monument Association
Cover the debt for the
African American Monument
CONTRIBUTIONS MAY BE SENT TO:
National Bank of Commerce
2225 E Victory Drive
Savannah, GA 31404
or call 912-354-4634
FEDERAL ID NO. 58-1944952
Plaque courtesy of the Savannah College of Art and Design

Bronze plaque with inscription added in 2019:
The African American Monument
Dedicated July 27, 2002
In Honor Of
Dr. Abbie H. Jordan
(1925-2019)

Educator, Leader, Trailblazer, and Community Activist
Dr. Jordan’s vision, tenacity, and financial contributions were the driving force that ensured the Savannah Waterfront was the home of the first statue in Savannah that honors African Americans. The Consortium of Doctors, Ltd., an organization that Dr. Jordan founded in 1991, made signifcant contributions to this effort.

Sculptress: Dorothy Spradley
This plaque unveiled July 26, 2019

Extent

Approx: 132 in. (335.28 cm)

Medium

Bronze; Granite

Bibliographic Citation

Ater, Renée. “Slavery and Its Memory in Public Monuments.” American Art 24, no. 1 (2010): 20-23.

Alderman, Derek H. “Surrogation and the Politics of Remembering Slavery in Savannah, Georgia (USA).” Journal of Historical Geography 36 (2010): 90-101.

Rights Holder

Renée Ater

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Sculpture

Physical Dimensions

Approx: 132 in. (335.28 cm)

Citation

Spradley, Dorothy, 1946-, “African-American Monument (Savannah, GA),” Contemporary Monuments to the Slave Past, accessed October 27, 2021, https://slaverymonuments.org/items/show/1158.

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