A petition was sent before the National Congress which adopted the idea with enthusiasm. The President of Colombia, Belisario Betancur, signed Law 95, in November 18, 1985.
For reasons, mostly financial, nothing much happened until 1994 when a long time admirer of The Saint, Alberto Sumido de la Ossa, became involved. The popular sculptor Enrique Grau was commissioned to prepare a preliminary model that was to be: an extraordinary piece of art, that dignified Cartagena, and immortalize the memory of Saint Peter Claver.
The resolve of those working on the often delayed project never wavered, and finally, in 1998, the monies were placed in the General Budget of Colombia. Finally, after many years, the work would proceed through completion and dedication.
The sculpture depicts The Saint in the company of a slave as they stroll through the streets of Cartagena. The statue is unique, in that it is erected at ground level. Because of this, the people: men, women and children, quickly identified with The Saint and the Slave. There was quick and universal public acceptance of the Statue.
of ski bronze, with a height of 2.2 meters, the statue is located in Centro,
Cartagena de Indias, in front of the Saint Peter Claver Sanctuary, formerly
the home of the Saint.