Kerwin Duinmeijer

On August 20, 1983 the 15-year old Kerwin Duinmeijer from the Antilles, was stabbed by a 16-year old skinhead with a tattoo saying "a 100% white" on his arm, in the city center in Amsterdam. The perpetrator used racist language and after being stabbed, Kerwin ran to a taxi on Dam Square, but the cab driver pulled him out of the car because he didn't want to have blood on the seats, and left him on the street. A second taxi driver called an ambulance, that arrived 20 minutes later, too late to save the life of Kerwin.

The Dutch band Frank Boeijen Groep scored a hit with the song Zwart Wit (Black White,  video clip), saying 'Don't think white, don't think black, think in the color of your heart'.

The memorial statue Mama Baranka by Nelson Carrilho was unveiled in 1985 and is located in Vondelpark. 'Mama Baranka' is Papiamento (the language of the Caribbean islands Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire) for 'Mother Rock', in the Antillean culture the symbol of strength and perseverance. "So that we never forget where racism and intolerance can lead to."

In 2019 the city of Amsterdam was asked to erect a memorial at Dam Square. 


Exact location of the Mama Baranka statue in Vondelpark
Exact location of the Mama Baranka statue in Vondelpark