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Statue of Black anti-slavery heroine to be erected in Paris garden

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“Solitude” became a symbol of the resistance of slaves in Guadeloupe.

Paris — Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo inaugurated the Solitude Garden on Saturday, a city garden dedicated to a Black woman and anti-slavery heroine from the former French colony Guadeloupe. It will be the first statue of a Black woman in Paris, which does not represent an allegory but is truly the celebration of an exemplary figure.

According to the Paris city hall, the move is a continuation of the mayor’s push for more representation of women in public spaces.

Born around 1772, Solitude was the daughter of an African slave and a white sailor who became a symbol of the resistance of slaves in Guadeloupe. When a French expedition landed in the colony on the orders of Napoleon Bonaparte to reestablish

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