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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 November 21, 2015
John E
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited here in November and was really impressed by this free attraction, though may be a little hard to find its definitely worth the time. The attraction is free and you need to set aside about half hour to appreciate the detail. The attraction goes into the history of Nantes role in the slave trade. Worthwhile viewing if you're... More 

Thank Shawn B
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I went with a friend who is expert in the field, and who is proposing a memorial in London, we were disappointed as the access was difficult. The sound track hard to listen to, overall not a good experience. We were very put down. They could do better.

Thank annebrechet1
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

Spending time in Nantes without walking this memorial walk (both overground and underground) would be a mistake as Nantes made its money exclusively in the Slave Trade in the 18th and early 19th century. It is a walk through the ages reminded us that Slave Trade was in existence 6000 years ago and is still in existence. This memorial does... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

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 

Thank John E
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.

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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.

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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