The original sculpture of Negro Aroused was created in 1935, by Edna Manley and was first exhibited in 1937. From its exposure, Negro Aroused excited the public’s imagination and was acquired by public subscription and presented to the Institute of Jamaica to form the nucleus of an exhibition.In 1977, work began to enlarge the sculpture and to create a monument to the workers of Jamaica and the Workers Movement which was born in 1938. Edna Manley was commissioned to recreate the work in bronze, at a scale three to four times that of the original. She was assisted by several young sculptors. Prior to its shipment to New York for bronzing, the seven-foot version was destroyed in a warehouse fire.
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