Behind the Scenes of “Neg Mawon” Emancipation Monument
Franklyn Zammor, Constructor of the ‘Neg Mawon’ Emancipation Monument, a statue which symbolizes the fight for freedom and triumph over adversities, and a sign of resilience and strength, said the idea surfaced over 5 years ago.
The monument is located at the roundabout, on the corner of Turkey Lane, Victoria Street and Castle Street, and pays tribute to the African slaves who were brought to Dominica.
Mr. Zammor added that his idea originated from a conch shell, since it has significant meaning.
History has proven that all the slaves utilized conch shells as a means of communication, and to date, it is still being used in Dominica by fishermen.
A lot of controversy arose due to the fact that there is a similar monument in Haiti.
However, Mr. Zammor reiterated that the conch shell is utilized throughout the region; therefore, certain Caribbean countries may depict the identical symbol.
He also informed us, that Chief Cultural Officer Raymond Lawrence, during the early stages of the monument, was extremely excited that it was being designed and crafted in Dominica, by Dominicans.
Mr. Zammor noted, that one of the individuals who worked on the monument converted regular concrete objects.
There were different conversations about this individual being “white”; however, he has a Dominican heritage and was glad to be accepted as a Dominican and one of the monument’s contributors.
August 1st, 2013 marked the 175th anniversary of Dominica’s emancipation from slavery.