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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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A unique memorial to an evil trade.

The city of Nantes made much of its power and wealth during the 17th and 18th centuries from the dreadful trade of African slavery. The city authorities have bravely confronted... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 3, 2014
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

An elegant and honest memorial to Nantes' dark past as a key slave trade port - make sure you walk beneath the docks, the experience is reminiscent to being inside a slave trade ship hull, very moving.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

The city of Nantes made much of its power and wealth during the 17th and 18th centuries from the dreadful trade of African slavery. The city authorities have bravely confronted this historical evil and built a moving and thought provoking memorial, both above and below ground on the banks of the Loire River in the centre of the city. From... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

For those whose are interested with the subject, the will find a great variety of books and artefacts.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

The only evidence of this from street level is a simple grey block wall near the river. Don't miss it because it doesn't take long to see and will be on your walking route anyway. You take steps down to an underground walkway in glass, wood and concrete, it's beautifully lit and you are at river level so can hear... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Our group of 25 were escorted by a guide from the Chateau des ducs de Bretagne otherwise it may have been difficult to find the memorial, much of which is below ground. Respect to the city of Nantes for their public declaration that the city was once at the centre of France's triangular slave trade. And that much of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

An understated and powerful exhibition of France's role in the triangular slave trade and its eventual abolition. I highly recommend visiting it.

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Nantes, Pays de la Loire, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

In effect this exhibition is a history of the abolition of slavery. One could walk by it and not even realise what it's all about....there's a wealth of knowledge just underfoot because one can see as one walks along towards the exhibition all the names of the slave ships which came and went from Nantes. Then inside a longish sheltered... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

In French and English - every voyage from Nantes taking slaves is recorded in an illuminated brick in the pavement, then you go into a tunnel space and read the history. It does actually make you feel quite ill to think of the thousands who died in the transports and then more who died in slavery. A really worthwhile tribute.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

From the Chateau, you can take a walk and read signs along the way to the memorial. The Memorial is actually underground, with information to read and spots where you need to look out to see the water. Above ground, there are glass inserts in the pavement with the names of slave ships who sailed from Nantes. The Chateau has... More 

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