WELCOME TO THE HOUSE OF JALANI AND THE LOCK

A Real Story of how one Boy...Jalani was kidnapped and taken into slavery!

----"One of the Best Children's Books for 2001"---The Los Angeles Times

Triumph of the Spirit, a tribute to our ancestors and 10,000 to 20,000 slaves in the African Burial Ground

              

TRIUMPH OF HUMAN SPIRIT

ALL PRAISES BE TO THE ANCESTORS!!

For The Souls of Our Black Folks

In 1993, Dr. Lorenzo Pace was selected from more than 400 artists and commissioned by the City of New York's Department of Cultural Affairs and the Department of Parks to create a sculpture dedicated to all the unknown enslaved Africans brought to this country. Nine years after Dr. Pace started this project, Triumph of the Human Spirit, weighing 300 tons, soars 60 feet high above the Plaza in Foley Square in lower Manhattan. It is the largest outdoor sculpture devoted to the African and African American community.

Triumph of the Spirit is styled after an antelope-inspired African headdress worn by the people of Mali, West Africa. The sculpture was built in fifteen 22-ton pieces in a Canadian factory and then reassembled on site. The base of the sculpture contains a replica of the iron lock that shackled Dr. Pace's great great grandfather when he was brought to America from Africa.

 

       

 Copyright Lorenzo Pace 2003. All Rights Reserved. Web design by Beatryce Nivens

Art copyright 2002 by Lorenzo Pace. All rights reserved.| Photographs by Eric G. Pryor

Permissions from Skylight Gallery, Restoration Center for Art and Culture