National Slavery Monument
This is an optional stop, best viewed after POI No. 12. To get from POI No. 12 to Oosterpark follow the GPS route over the Amstel River. Instead of turning left onto Weesperstraat continue on Sarphatistraat to the Muiderpoort tower. Turn right, crossing the canal and enter Oosterpark. The National Slavery Monument is in the southwest corner of the park.
The National Slavery Monument by Erwin Jules de Vries, Surinamese born artist, commemorates the abolition of slavery in the Netherlands in 1863 and has stood in the park since 2001. The name of the statue is "Shared Past, Common Future."
The Netherlands has a long history with the slave trade, including making a lot of money by providing the ships that transported slaves from Africa to America in the 17th and 18th centuries. Its own colonial history includes ruling areas around the world such as the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia), the Dutch Antilles and the South American country of Suriname. This monument is a testament to that history.
It is telling that this sculpture sets in Oosterpark because the surrounding neighborhoods are multicultural and contain ancestors of families who came to the Netherlands from Dutch colonies around the world.
Retrace your steps back to the GPS route. The ride to POI No. 13 takes us back along the banks of the Amstel River, past the Amsterdam Hermitage Museum, to Jonas Daniel Myerplein in the shadow of the Portuguese Synagogue.