Serbs Erect Bob Marley Peace Statue

Reggae legend a symbol of tolerance in Balkans

By Jess Kilby,  Newser User

Posted Aug 25, 2008 8:11 AM CDT

(Newser) – Eastern Europe may not be known for its reggae scene, but a small Serbian village has chosen iconic wailer Bob Marley as a symbol of peace for the Balkans. A statue of Marley, who died in 1981, was recently unveiled during a rock festival in Banatski Sokolac, reports the BBC. The crowd included musicians and fans from both Serbia and Croatia. Organizers say it's the first Marley statue in Europe.



An unidentified Jamaican musician reacts the after unveiling of a statue of late Jamaican reggae legend Bob Marley in the Serbian village of Banatski Sokolac.   (AP Photo/Srdjan Ilic)
People gather after the unveiling of a statue of late Jamaican reggae legend Bob Marley, in the Serbian village of Banatski Sokolac. The statue was created by Croatian artist Davor Dukic.   (AP Photo/Srdjan Ilic)
Jamaican musician Ras Abraham performs before unveiling a statue of late Jamaican reggae legend Bob Marley in the Serbian village of Banatski Sokolac.   (AP Photo/Srdjan Ilic)
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