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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 13, 2015
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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.

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Dublin, Ireland
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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.

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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

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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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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

I have mixed emotions about the memorial. It is historically important and deserves to be seen. I question some of the choices, however. The walkway are names of slave ships that came in and out of Nantes. I wonder if that was the best choice. They also completely skip the Haitian Revolution -- important both for France and for Nantes.... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

A Well designed underground walk through with loads of facts about the age of slavery. Simple, well executed, impactful. This feature is located just north of Nantes famous elephant. Somewhat difficult to find.

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Versailles, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Wonderful and creative way of making sure the history will not be forgotten. I liked the way the architects have figuratively represented the slave ships leaving the port of Nantes.

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