Place of memory

The Slave’s Collar

Location: Saint-Paul – Sea Front
Date: 1999
Artist: Alain Louis Padeau

Entitled ‘The Slave’s Collar’, this sculpture by artist Alain Padeau was inaugurated on 20th December 1999. It is facing the sea, at the very place where slave ships landed. The location of the work is therefore symbolic, as is the excessive size of the open iron collar representing the freedom given back to the slaves. Six rectangular blocks, like tombstones, are erected around the metal sculpture, and bear the names of those freed after slavery was abolished.





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