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Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, Dominican Republic
 

Sebastián Lemba

 
 
Sebastián Lemba Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, March 11, 2018
1. Sebastián Lemba Marker
Inscription.
Sebastían Lemba
(---- 1547)
Defensor de los derechos de los esclavos traídos a estas tierras por los conquistadores al igual que él, desde el continente africano.

En 1532 encabezó un acto de resistencia que con el correr de los años, se conviertió (sic, convirtió) en una verdadera rebelión.

English translation:
Sebastián Lemba
(? -1547)
Defender of the rights of slaves, like himself, who were brought to these lands by the Conquistadores from the African continent.

In 1532 he led an act of resistance that, through the years, became a true rebellion.
 
Erected 1980 by Ministerio de Cultura.
 
Location. 18° 28.357′ N, 69° 54.483′ W. Marker is in Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional. Marker can be reached from Avenida Pedro Henríquez Ureña just east of Calle Benito Juárez, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. The marker is currently inside of the Museo del Hombre, on the left of the steps leading up to the second floor. It was previously mounted to the statue of Lemba directly north of the Museum. Marker is in this post office area: Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional 10205, Dominican Republic.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are
Sebastián Lemba statue and previous marker location image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, March 11, 2018
2. Sebastián Lemba statue and previous marker location
The marker was previously mounted on the base of this statue of Lemba.
within walking distance of this marker. Friar Bartolomé de las Casas (a few steps from this marker); Enriquillo (a few steps from this marker); Juan Pablo Duarte (a few steps from this marker); Black Jack (within shouting distance of this marker); Carlos Andújar (within shouting distance of this marker); Rafael González Tirado (within shouting distance of this marker); Hugo Estrella Guzmán (about 150 meters away, measured in a direct line); Pedro Conde Sturla (about 150 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santo Domingo.
 
Regarding Sebastián Lemba. "Sebastián Lemba was a sixteenth-century maroon of Cameroonian origins who waged continuous war for nearly two decades on Spanish encomenderos. He commanded a standing army of four hundred rebels at any given time. He was, according to Jane Landers, "one of the most feared of the maroon leaders of the 1540s." The details of Lemba's demise are uncertain - either he died in the palenque (cimarrón settlement) named for him and his head was hung in the capital, or he was taken prisoner and executed there. In any event, Governor López Serrata recorded his death with great relief in 1547. Unlike Enriquillo's, Lemba's story has been neither mythologized nor nationalized in any extensive manner. Indeed, his statue was not added to the Museo's frontispiece until 1980, nearly
Sebastián Lemba statue, to the left image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, March 11, 2018
3. Sebastián Lemba statue, to the left
The Lemba statue is seen here with statues of De las Casas and Enriquillo outside of the Museo del Hombre Dominicano (Museum of the Dominican People).
a decade after the Museo opened, and then only because the political climate- a brief, post-Balaguer economic and political restructuring moment that coincided with the New Wave's increasingly visible activism - allowed for a revisiting of official Dominican historiography."
...from Black Behind the Ears: Dominican Racial Identity from Museums to Beauty Shops, Ginetta E. B. Candelario
 
Categories. African AmericansColonial EraWars, Non-US
 
Sebastián Lemba and other previously outdoor markers image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, March 11, 2018
4. Sebastián Lemba and other previously outdoor markers
The four markers are seen here to the left of the stairs to the second level of the Museum of the Dominican People.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 3, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 31, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 65 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 31, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.   3, 4. submitted on June 1, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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