‘Slave trade’ sculptures search for permanent home

Katherine Johnston (01 May, 2019) Culture

'The memory of a life lived should not be forgotten'

29275Sokari, Rebecca Lury and Dora Dixon-Fyle with one of the sculptures

Six statues representing historic stages of the slave trade are looking for a new home in Southwark after being on temporary display in Southwark Council’s Tooley Street HQ.

Artist Sokari Douglas, who was born and brought up in west Africa before moving to Southwark thirty years ago, says she hopes the statues can find a permanent home in the borough.

“As a resident of this borough, I feel very strongly that the memory of a life lived should not be forgotten,” she explained.

“I would like to thank Southwark Council and particularly my friend Cllr Dora Dixon-Fyle for encouraging me to display them here in the first place.

“I now hope I can find a permanent home for the sculptures, preferably within the borough.”

The council’s cabinet member for culture, Cllr Rebecca Lury, said visitors to Tooley Street and council staff had given the display a positive reaction.

“We have loved having them in our foyer and hope that in their new home, they will be equally well received,” she said.

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