[Blackstudies-l] France Honors Memory of Slaves in Caribbean Museum

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*Sylvie Corbet (ABC News) writes that French President François Hollande is
to honor the memory of millions of slaves in an inaugural visit Sunday to a
memorial in Guadeloupe, where black men and women were sold to work on
sugarcane plantations from the 17th to 19th centuries.*

The visit has revived the debate over the consequences of France's slave
trade in the region. Some angry voices are pushing for France
<http://abcnews.go.com/topics/news/france.htm> to pay reparations, an issue
that Hollande has thus far avoided.

The Caribbean Center for the Expression and Memory of the Slave Trade and
Slavery, known as the Memorial ACTe, is to be inaugurated in the city of
Pointe-a-Pitre in the presence of Caribbean officials and the heads of
state of Senegal <http://abcnews.go.com/topics/news/senegal.htm>, Mali and
Benin — all former French African colonies. The 77,000 square-foot (7,153
square-meter) complex is worth 83 million euros ($93 million) and has a
symbolic black facade, representing the millions of victims of slavery. The
permanent exhibition, which is due to open to the public in July,
illustrates the history of slavery through hundreds of documents and
objects.

Local authorities expect some 150,000 visitors per year to the memorial,
which is meant to "contribute toward healing wounds of the past" according
to the president of the Regional Council of Guadeloupe, Victorin Lurel.
However, a local organization which began the museum project in 1998 has
decided not to attend the inauguration to protest against Hollande's
refusal to discuss the issue of financial reparations. "What we want is for
Hollande to apologize in the name of the French people and for him to look
into the reparations issue," Jacqueline Jacqueray, president of the
International Committee of Black People, told The Associated Press.
"Slavery is part of France's history and France must dare to face its
history," she said.

France's law has recognized the slave trade and slavery as a crime against
humanity since 2001.

In 2013, Hollande acknowledged the country's "debt" to Africa because of
slave trade and the "baneful role played by France." But he also said that
this history "cannot be the subject of a transaction."

Last year, leaders of Caribbean nations adopted a broad plan to try to get
apologies and reparations from European nations that practiced slavery such
as France, Britain and the Netherlands. Caricom, the political grouping of
15 countries and dependencies, has created the Caribbean Reparations
Commission to push the issue. [. . .]

For full article, see
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/france-honors-memory-slaves-caribbean-museum-30935193
  *ivetteromero <http://repeatingislands.com/author/ivetteromero/>* | May
10, 2015 at 11:02 pm | Tags: François Hollande
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