Minister of State for Media and Tradition Monica Gruetters on Friday mentioned the gesture confirmed that Germany was dedicated to accounting for its colonial previous.
“A transparent sign that we’re dedicated to reappraising the colonial previous,” Gruetters mentioned at a press convention saying the restitution in Berlin.
The three.5-meter excessive navigation landmark, erected by Portuguese explorer Diogo Cão, was first positioned on Namibia’s coast in 1498.
It was taken to Germany in 1893 after the world turned a German imperial protectorate and is on show on the German Historic Museum in Berlin.
The Stone Cross, which bears the Portuguese coat of arms, was featured on outdated world maps, the museum mentioned.
In June 2017, the Namibian authorities formally requested its return.
Gruetters will journey with German Historic Museum President Raphael Gross to Namibia at hand over the monument in August, the German tradition ministry mentioned on Friday.
Gross at a symposium in 2018 mentioned the Stone Cross may spark discussions about Germany’s historical past of colonial rule and about restitution and the return of colonial artifacts.
Confronted with mounting stress from African governments, extra European international locations are working to return artifacts plundered from Africa throughout colonial instances.
France President Emmanuel Macron final yr ordered the return of 26 artworks to the Republic of Benin greater than a century after they have been faraway from the West African nation.
The British Museum in London in 2018 additionally mentioned it is going to return Benin bronzes looted by British troopers to Nigeria.