On the coast of the Caribbean, fifteen statues of concrete face the sea, turned towards Cape 110—fifteen colossal beings dressed in the whiteness of traditional graves. On 8 April 1830, a ship from the Gulf of Guinea dropped anchor off the coast of Le Diamant. The sea wind unleashed the swell and the foremast broke. Despite the ban on the slave trade, 300 slaves were chained to the bottom of the boat and tried to survive the sinking: there were just 86 survivors and only 46 bodies would be recovered.
On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the abolition of slavery, the artist Laurent Valère created these imposing figures with their heads bowed, a symbol of the men trapped in the slave trade and caught by the sea when they tried to escape. The day after the tragedy, the bodies were buried at Anse Caffard. The eponymous memorial now tells the tragic story of these unknown men whose freedom was stolen from them.
Route de l'Anse Caffard
97223 Le Diamant