The exhibit “Victory over Slavery: Haiti and Beyond” [Viktwa sou Lesklavaj: Ayiti e menm pi lwen pase sa], which honors the victims of the transatlantic slave trade, is still on view at the United Nations Headquarters Visitor Center in New York City until September 14, 2014. The exhibit is organized by the Memorial of Nantes, France; the architect Rodney Leon, designer of the Permanent Memorial: The Ark of Return, and the UN Department of Public Information (DPI). [See previous posts ‘Ark of Return’: Telling the stories of 15 million slaves in a UN permanent memorial and UN marks Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Slave Trade.]
Description: On March 25 every year since 2007, the UN marks the International Day to honour the more than 15 million men, women, and children who suffered and died during the more than 400-year transatlantic slave trade, the largest forced migration in history. While paying tribute to the fight against slavery in nations around the world, this year’s commemoration also marks 210 years since Haiti was founded on 1 January 1804; the first Republic established as a result of the victorious struggle of enslaved people – led by Toussaint L’Ouverture – for their freedom and independence.
2014 also marks the 20th anniversary of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Slave Route Project, launched in Benin in 1994, with the goal of breaking the silence surrounding the slave trade and its consequences.
The Permanent Memorial to the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, designed by Rodney Leon, will be erected at UN Headquarters in New York in 2015. New York memorial will serve as a symbolic reminder to visitors of the lasting legacy and lingering consequences of slavery and the slave trade.
[Many thanks to Sophie Maríñez for sharing this information.]