Rendez-vous at Monument to the Heroes of the black army
Rendez-vous at Monument to the Heroes of the black army 10 avenue du général giraud 51100 reims fr
In 1924, a monument some 7 metres high was built by sculptor Moreau-Vauthier at the end of Henry Vasnier Boulevard alongside the Vranken-Pommery cellars, in recognition by the city of Reims of the African soldiers who defended the city in 1918.
This bronze monument features a group of French and African soldiers, united in one glorious scene around a French flag carried by a white officer, according to the usual representation durinhg the immediate postwar period. This monument was inaugurated in 1924 with the support of 500 native performers who then participated in a great historical parade of the colonial army. In September 1940, the monument was dismantled by the Nazis, not only for reasons of race but also to recover the huge amount of bronze. The memorial to the heroes of the Black Army is now a simple white obelisk. It has an exact replica, also built in 1924, in Bamako, Mali.
Nearby, in the "Parc de Champagne" a reproduction of the historical work by the artist Jean-François Gavoty, was created in October 2013.