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July 31st, 2010
12:14 PM ET

Slave Trade Sculptures: Art to remember the past

Twenty-seven year-old artist, Stephen Hayes, in Atlanta, just learned about the how slaves were brought from Africa to the U.S. He was stunned.

He never learned about the Brookes slave ship plan in all his years of schooling. He had no idea slaves were packed as tightly as possible in the ships, and sick "cargo" were simply tossed out to the Atlantic. This horrified him and he wanted to share this story with others because he was never told about this part of U.S. history.

For five months he worked tirelessly to create a stunning piece of artwork: 15 life size statues of former slaves, to represent 15 million slaves that were transported to the New World. He hopes his art will start a dialogue about our past and inspire us to change the present and future.

Hayes says slavery exists today: in sweatshops in under developed countries.

soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Bob

    This is what fuels racism. The media causes more problems in this country than one can imagine.

    July 31, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  2. Jenny

    I honestly don't know what school he went to, but I learned about this over and over again in my public school. That seems mildly shocking to me that he's "never" heard of this.

    August 2, 2010 at 7:45 am |
  3. Thnku

    Only the ignorant will use this as the means to start racism. The media causes problems when they feed you lies. This is the truth. I see it as a learning tool. Learning the history of America. I too was never taught in public school the details of slavery until I was older and did my own research. It was a subject that never went into great detail as it should have been. So Jenny don't be "mildly shocked" that this was never talked about in his school. Because the truth is...it's not always talked about.

    August 2, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
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