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Memorial to Damilola Taylor (1989–2000)
Memorial to Damilola Taylor (1989–2000)
Memorial to Damilola Taylor (1989–2000)
Memorial to Damilola Taylor (1989–2000)
Memorial to Damilola Taylor (1989–2000)

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Shortly after moving to Britain from Nigeria, ten-year-old Damilola Taylor began attending the Oliver Goldsmith Primary School. Three months later, on the evening of 27th November 2000, while passing through the North Peckham Estate on his way home, he was attacked, stabbed in the leg with a knife and left to bleed to death. Two teenagers were arrested, put on trial at the Old Bailey, but then, in early 2002, cleared of all charges – murder, manslaughter and assault with intent to rob. Nobody since has been convicted of Damilola Taylor’s killing. The memorial is an abstract design, based loosely on the motif of a bird taking flight and evoking the idea of the phoenix, the traditional symbol of rebirth, ‘of hope rising out of tragedy’.
Title

Memorial to Damilola Taylor (1989–2000)

Date

2001–2002

Medium

stainless steel

Accession number

SE5_AS_S124

Acquisition method

commissioned by Oliver Goldsmith Primary School

Work type

Monument

Owner

Oliver Goldsmith Primary School

Custodian

Oliver Goldsmith Primary School

Work status

extant

Unveiling date

26th June 2002

Access

at all times

Inscription description

plaque affixed to the plinth: DAMILOLA TAYLOR / 7 DECEMBER 1989 / 27 NOVEMBER 2000

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Located at

Oliver Goldsmith Primary School, Peckham

SE5 8PS

Located in the garden, but can be viewed from the street.