Monument for the Commemoration of the History of Slavery in The Hague

The Hague (location t.b.a.)

"By commemorating and celebrating, we reflect on our history." 

These were the words of then alderman Bert van Alphen when a motion was passed by the Hague City Council in December 2019 on the creation of a monument commemorating the abolition of slavery. With the memorial, the city wants to contribute to the collective consciousness that the legacy of the colonial and slavery past in the city calls for. In 2021, the municipality asked Stroom Den Haag, as a center of expertise in the field of such art projects, to investigate the possibilities of erecting a Monument for the Commemoration of the History of Slavery in The Hague.

The first step to achieving this goal was the appointment of Peggy Wijntuin as project leader. She is the initiator of the Slavery Monument Rotterdam (2013) and of the research into the slavery and colonial past of Rotterdam (2020). Her experience proves of great value in the customized work the creation of such a work of art requires. In The Hague, Wijntuin first identified which people are important for the commission, organization and/or form. The partners are simultaneously the ambassadors of the future monument. From their midst emerged the Advisory Board on the Commemoration of the History of Slavery in The Hague: Lisette van den Berg, Marian Markelo, Lionel Martijn, Edwin Reijntjes, Henry Timisela, Amber Toorop and Annet Zondervan (chair). This committee will deliver its advice in the near future.

To be continued.....

Photo in column in the right (top):
Advisory Board on the Commemoration of the History of Slavery in The Hague, left to right: Annet Zondervan (chair), Lionel Martijn, Amber Toorop, Edwin Reijntjes, Marian Markelo, Henry Timisela. Not present: Lisette van den Berg


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There are five Slavery Monuments in the Netherlands (in Amsterdam in the Oosterpark and on the Surinameplein, in Middelburg, Rotterdam and Haarlemmermeer) - and three in preparation (for The Hague, Utrecht and Vlissingen).

Advisory Board on the Commemoration of the History of Slavery in The Hague (left to right:see text in left hand column)
photo: Pierre Zylstra, courtesy Stroom Den Haag
Ambassadors meeting, September 2022, Stroom Den Haag
photo: Pierre Zylstra, courtesy Stroom Den Haag
Ambassadors meeting, September 2022, Stroom Den Haag
photo: Pierre Zylstra, courtesy Stroom Den Haag
Slavery monument Rotterdam by Alex da Silva, 2013
photo: ANP
National Slavery Monument by Erwin de Vries, Oosterpark, Amsterdam, 2002
photo: Arthena (Wikimedia Commons)
Monument van Besef, Surinameplein, Amsterdam by Henry Renfurm, 2003
photo: Iris Dik
Slavery monument Middelburg by Hedi Bogaers, 2005
photo: Vincent de Boer
Slavery monument Haarlemmermeer door Joost van den Toorn with Karwan Fatah (text), 2018