Monday, 24 August 2009

Olaudah Equiano

I have long been fascinated by the story of Olaudah Equiano who was taken as a slave a the age of eleven in West Africa to become a freeman in England campaiging against the slave trade and a best selling author. This is a sculpture by Christy Symington and it was on display at a book launch yesterday of "Equiano's Epigrams" by John Agard which tells Equiano's life in poetry. The book was launched at the Museum of London Dockland West India Dock. There are not many book launches where all those present are made to dance to instructions by an athletic Ghanaian dancer (the Nyanome Group). The sculpture has broken chains on the side (not visible in this image).

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