African-American Monument (Savannah, GA)
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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
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
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.
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