Ghanaian Artist Hopes Sculpture Captures Shared Pain Between African Americans and the Motherland

Sculpture by Ghanaian artist Kwame Akoto-Bamfo at the beginning of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice.
Photo: Human Pictures (Equal Justice Initiative)

Kwame Akoto-Bamfo’s visa application for entry into the United States was denied last year. He’s from Ghana and was invited by the Equal Justice Initiative to build sculptures of African slaves at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, which is dedicated to the victims of lynching in America. The memorial, along with the Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration, opened last month in Montgomery, Ala.

Akoto-Bamfo, an artist and social entrepreneur, missed the memorial’s April opening. Although he’s “not very crazy about America,” he’s hopeful that Americans will be stirred by his life’s passion of…

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