This is a first for the capital. This Tuesday, May 10, 2022, Paris inaugurated the first statue in honor of a black woman. Her name ? the mulatto Loneliness. Back in the picture at this strong moment in history.
On Tuesday 10 May, Anne Hidalgo inaugurated Solitude in the garden of the same name, located in the 17th arrondissement of Paris. The statue thus joins the thirty-seven other images of famous women already present in the capital. But for the first time it is not a white woman, but a black one. Sculpted by the artist Didier Audrat, she appears proud and powerful, with her fist raised and the other hand protecting her round belly.
Who was Mulatto Solitude?
In reality, her name is Rosalie, but she got such a nickname because she was born from the rape of an African slave by a white sailor. Over time, it has become the symbol of the 1802 revolts against the restoration of the authority of Lacrosse, Captain General of Guadeloupe appointed by Napoleon Bonaparte. In 1794, she took advantage of the abolition of slavery, but this only lasted for a while, as a few years later, the French emperor decided to reconsider his choice. In revenge, the young woman, then pregnant, joins the resistance. Despite her honorable struggle, she was hanged in 1802, the day after she gave birth, at the age of thirty.
Here are some photos from the inauguration in the Solitude Garden:
This Tuesday, May 10, 2022 is a symbolic date, as we celebrate the National Day of Remembrance of the Slave Trade, Slavery and their Abolition. Many political personalities were in attendance, such as Jean-Marc Ayrault, former prime minister and president of the Slavery Memorial Foundation.
A beautiful historical moment.