This photograph was taken in Port-au-Prince in late October 2010. At first glance, one mostly sees makeshift shelters that have covered the Place du Champ de Mars (facing the presidential palace) since the January 12 earthquake. One could almost fail to notice the bronze conch shell that stands out above the rest, an element of memory that survived the quake. Behind the shelters lies the famous statue of the marron inconnu or unknown escaped slave, created by sculptor Albert Mangonès in 1967-1968. The conch shell, which was used by slaves to send each other signals beyond the confines of plantations, is the statue’s topmost extremity.