Statue of emperor Napoleon's wife with head broken off in La Savane park on the French island of Martinique

Statue of Joséphine de Beauharnais in Fort-de-France


By Contested Histories Initiative July 2021

The statue of Napoleon’s first wife, first Empress of the French, lingered beheaded in Martinique, one of the remaining overseas territories of France. In July 2020 the Statue was permanently demolished. This case introduces the role of non-restoration as a memory policy to prevent and/or react to conflicts rooted in… Read More