St. Peter Claver and Slave

Submitted by Marcus Brown

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Client: St. Peter Claver Church and School

Location: New Orleans, LA, United States

Completion date: 2012

Artwork budget: $52,582

Project Team

Client

St. Peter Claver Church and School

St. Peter Claver Church and School

Overview

St. Peter Claver, patron saint of slaves is depicted in carved Hunan Marble unshackling a slave during the 16th century. This depiction was inspired by stories of St. Peter Claver visiting slave ships to care for sick and dying slaves.

Goals

The late Father Michael Jacques and The Archdiocese of New Orleans wanted to present Saint Peter Claver and tell a side of his story that is not known. I chose to reflect on Saint Peter Claver's need to unshackle slaves for medical treatment.

Process

The project was funded by the The Archdiocese of New Orleans, federal funding, and the community. I worked with the late Father Michael Jacques, the archdiocese of New Orleans, Manning Architects, and the nearby community to refine my presentation of saints and historical figures.