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Emancipation statue a stunning tribute

Published:Tuesday | December 19, 2017 | 12:00 AM


I disagree with Dr Carolyn Cooper's opinion of the stunning statue at Emancipation Park, save and except her recently expressed opinion that it should not have been painted.

The statue is a magnificent piece. To my eyes and mind, the depiction of a tall, strong and healthy-looking, naked black man and a tall, strong and healthy-looking, naked black woman, looking above and standing in water, characterises unity, pride, confidence, freedom, peace, thankfulness and strength.

Had I had the privilege to have given my opinion to the artist, Laura Facey Cooper, after she conceptualised the statue and drew it on paper, perhaps the one suggestion I would've made is that the black man and black woman be depicted holding hands. This would have, to me, more deeply symbolised their unity and strength, both physically and mentally, in their newly and gloriously emancipated state.