Related to our previous post on Mémorial ACTe (MACTe) in Guadeloupe, the Council of Europe awarded their Museum Prize for 2017 to the Mémorial ACTe. Many thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this news to our attention. Although it is from December 2016, the work of Mémorial ACTe Musée de l’Esclavage’s work is ongoing; here are excerpts from “’Mémorial ACTe, Caribbean Center of Expressions and Memory of the Slave Trade and Slavery’ wins the 2017 Council of Europe Museum Prize.”
The museum was selected from a shortlist of three candidates by the Culture Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) at a meeting in Paris today.
According to the rapporteur on the Museum Prize, Adele Gambaro (Italy, ALDE), this “outstanding, stunning and innovative museum fits precisely with the Council of Europe criteria. Initially conceived as a memorial, the museum has become not only a living, dynamic place for memory of the transatlantic slave trade and slavery (connecting Africa, the Americas and Europe), but also a commemoration of the resilience of human beings. It promotes tolerance and opens up in a creative way perspectives for the future.”
The judging panel praised the founding principles of the museum, whose role is to make the act of remembrance a means of producing a new society, with the goal of providing intellectual tools for the fight against the social and societal consequences of slavery such as racism, social exclusion, inequality and contemporary forms of infringement of human rights.