Commissioning a Public Sculpture for Hull

The finished piece

The finished piece of silver is a beautiful and lasting contribution to 200th anniversary of the end of the British Slave Trade. The Freedom Centrepiece was unveiled on 5 June 2007, at the Guildhall in Hull, by the Prime Minister of Mauritius, Dr Navin Chandra Ramgoolan.


Jocelynís winning design is based upon the shape of the cowry shell. The cowry shell was used extensively in West Africa as currency and played a major part in the slave trade. The shape is also meant to be representative of a shipís sail in the wind, projecting forwards into the future.


Beneath this is a design of broken chains, representing the abolition of the slave trade. Around the base are also names of many different freedom fighters through history, including celebrated Hull citizen William Wilberforce.

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