Memorial ACTe

The Memorial ACTe/Caribbean Center of Expressions and Memory of the Slave Trade and Slavery is located in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe.  The Center is part of the Slave Route Project of the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).  This project, according to the UNESCO website, was undertaken to remove the “ … ignorance or concealment of major historical events (that) constitute an obstacle to mutual understanding, reconciliation and cooperation among peoples … to break the silence surrounding the slave trade and slavery that have concerned all continents and caused the great upheavals that have shaped  our modern societies.”

Initially proposed by Haiti, this UNESCO project was launched in Ouidah, Benin, in 1994, and is centered upon resistance, liberty and heritage.  The inclusion of Guadeloupe in this global project was essential, as the island country is integral, regarding construction and greater development of cooperation and harmony, to this international initiative.