The bronze African American Family Monument was dedicated on River Street in 2002 to commemorate and honor contributions of African Americans to the cultural, social, educational, economic and spiritual life of the Savannah community. The statue represents a modern black family that has risen from the shackles of slavery. The base of the monument bears an inscription by poet Maya Angelou:
We were stolen, sold and bought together from the African continent. We got on the slave ships together. We lay back to belly in the holds of the slave ships in each others excrement and urine together, sometimes died together, and our lifeless bodies thrown overboard together. Today, we are standing up together, with faith and even some joy.