Opening of the world’s largest slavery memorial in French West Indies

France’s President François Hollande inaugurated the largest slavery memorial in the world on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe on May, 10th.

US black rights activist Angela Davis was to be awarded the freedom of the former slave port of Nantes during France’s day to commemorate the slave trade and its abolition.

The Caribbean Center for the Expression and Memory of the Slave Trade and Slavery, known as the Memorial ACTe, was inaugurated in the city of Pointe-a-Pitre in the presence of Caribbean officials and the heads of state of Senegal, Mali and Benin — all former French African colonies.

The 77,000 square-foot (7,153 square-meter) complex is worth 83 million euros ($93 million) and has a symbolic black facade, representing the millions of victims of slavery. The permanent exhibition, which is due to open to the public in July, illustrates the history of slavery through hundreds of documents and objects.

Local authorities expect some 150,000 visitors per year to the memorial, which is meant to “contribute toward healing wounds of the past” according to the president of the Regional Council of Guadeloupe, Victorin Lurel.

http://www.memorial-acte.fr/home-page.html

sources : RFI English, Huffington Post USA

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