Paula’s Thursday Special: Pair

Pero’s bridge with its pair of horn shaped sculptures was designed by Ellis o’Connell and opened in 1999, on Bristol docks.

Pero was an African slave bought in 1769, by John Pinney, a plantation owner, in the West Indies, he was 12 years old. Pinney paid about £115 for him, his two sisters and an adult slave. When Pinney returned to England, he brought Pero with him. The young man never saw Africa or the West Indies again and died near Bristol in 1798.