A sculpture of African baptist preacher John Chilembwe, who led the 1915 Chilembwe uprising against colonial rule, will look over London's landmark Trafalgar Square for the next two years, the mayor's office said Monday.
“Antelope”, by Samson Kambalu, restages a 1914 photograph of Chilembwe and European missionary John Chorley as a sculpture.
In the sculpture, a larger-than-life Chilembwe is shown wearing a hat, defying a colonial rule that forbade Africans from wearing them in front of white people.
Chilembwe, now considered a national hero in Malawi, led a rebellion against British colonial rule in Nyasaland (modern-day Malawi) to protest against racial discrimination of the colonial administration.
“By increasing his scale, the artist elevates Chilembwe and his story, revealing the hidden narratives of underrepresented peoples in the history of the British Empire in Africa and beyond,” said the office of mayor Sadiq Khan.