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Memorial de l'Abolition de l'Esclavage

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Address: Rue d'Ancin, Nantes, France
Phone Number: 08 11 46 46 44
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Interesting exploration of a darker side to Nantes and global human rights history

I found this memorial interesting and far more intriguing and engaging than I expected. I thought the ship tiles on the walkway provided an intriguing introduction. The quotes in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
John E
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I found this memorial interesting and far more intriguing and engaging than I expected. I thought the ship tiles on the walkway provided an intriguing introduction. The quotes in the undercover quay walkway were powerful exploration of slavery and the campaign for it's abolition. And then the audio and text explanation at the end, with maps detailing the extent of... More 

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Alpharetta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

The Slave Trade played a major part in the evolution of the city of Nantes and its economy. The implications of that fact are faced in many ways and places in the city, but none as effectively as at this exhibit. This exhibit frankly acknowledges the role Nantes played. It would be easy to step over the glass blocks which... More 

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Rodrigues Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

Slavery was a dark dot in the story of humanity and this memorial is a devoir de mémoire which is well made. Here you can discover all the regions touched and discover mainly the endeavour leading to abolution of slavery.

Thank jeanrexcasimir
Rijeka, Croatia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

For over four centuries Nantes was the biggest port in France and one of the most important in Europe involved in the slave trade. The abolition of slavery was voted in 1848, but more than 150 years passed before Nantes face up with its history. This monument is as brave and important as it is moving... a very good example... More 

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Zug, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

As Nantes owed its wealth to no small extent to the triangular slave trade, it is fitting that it has this tasteful memorial. Perhaps it will remind people that slavery still exists in several countries.

Thank GranZorro
Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This was a fascinating memorial and exhibition. Not sure whether it is funded by local or central government, but fair play to whoever is behind it. Well worth a visit.

Thank FatCat1888
Berlin, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Nantes was one the most important ports in France from which slave trading ships debarked. Tens of thousands of Africans were transported to the Americas on ships built, maintained and owned by residents of Nantes. The city of Nantes has made a serious and concerted effort to document it role in the Atlantic slave trade and this memorial was created... More 

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

So pleased that we decided to visit. Very atmospheric and full of interesting facts. We learned a lot

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Osthouse, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

A very interesting memorial on slavery that mostly lies in an undergound walkway. Take the time to go down and read some very interesting facts. On the ground above the memorial are bricks with the names of slave ships

Thank CarolynBreysach
Indian Shores, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Next we walked through the Abolition Esclavage a memorial for the slaves that were captured in Nantes. Just walk across the bridge from Les Machines. To see the exhibit one walks down the stairs to the level of the water which gives the place an eerie feeling. The exhibit is one long corridor with some descriptions as the beginning of... More 

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