The Amistad Memorial

The Amistad Memorial stands as an inspiration and reminder of a significant historical chapter which culminated triumphantly in the shoreline city of New Haven, Connecticut

The Amistad Memorial, by Ed Hamilton, celebrates the triumph of The Amistad. A struggle which teaches us one of the most important lessons of our time: together, we can overcome all odds and strengthen our mutual needs for freedom and quality of life.


The permanent home of The Amistad Memorial is in front of the New Haven City Hall, across from the green at the very site where the Africans were imprisoned in 1839. The work features the figure of Sengbe Pieh (known as Joseph Cinque), in a majestic 14-foot relief sculpture cast in bronze, and distinguished by its unique three-sided form.


Each surface of the work highlights significant episodes in which this courageous young African played a leading role during the series of events that came to be unknown as The Amistad.



Ed Hamilton has received international recognition for his work focusing on massive pieces which serve as an inspiration to viewers in many municipalities. The selection of Mr. Hamilton as the artist to memorialize The Amistad followed an extensive national search by the Jury of The Amistad Committee, Inc.


Other works by Mr. Hamilton may be seen at the Hampton Institute, Virginia; Cobo Arena, Detroit, Michigan; Jewish Temple and St. Margaret Mary Church, Louisville Kentucky; Wall Street Methodist Church, Indianapolis, Indiana; and the Contemporary Art Museum, Palermo, Italy.


A resident of Louisville, Kentucky, Mr. Hamilton was awarded the national commission to create a sculpture for our nation’s Capital in recognition of the role played by African-American soldiers in the Civil War.  

"All We Want Is Make Us Free"  - Sengbe Pieh