The Abolition of Slavery: Commemorative Art in Guadeloupe

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In 1998, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the abolition of slavery, a commemorative mural was unveiled at the Lycée Baimbridge in Pointe-à-Pitre. 150 meters long, the mural decorates the surrounding wall at the school’s entrance on the Boulevard des Héros [Heroes Boulevard].

Guadeloupean artists Bastareau, Léogane, and Michelle Chomereau-Lamotte, among others, along with art students from the Baimbridge school, students from the Lamentin Art School, and young graffiti artists from Pointe-à-Pitre worked together to produce this mural. The mural evokes the slave trade, images of colonial plantation life, and Guadeloupean heroes of slave resistance Louis Delgrès and Joseph Ignace.

For more information and photo, see http://www.comite-memoire-esclavage.fr/spip.php?article807

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