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Memorial de l'Abolition de l'Esclavage

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Address: Rue d'Ancin, Nantes, France
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a memorial comment on the slavery trade of Nantes and the abolition of slavery. Worth a visit if only to demonstrate the number of slaving trips from ths port.

Reviewed 14 July 2016
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Drogheda, Ireland
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Reviewed 26 February 2017

I enjoyed the walk. It was rainy but perhaps that made it more effective. I love how it is done in English and French.

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Reviewed 12 January 2017

Back when slavery was legal and the trade of humans, specially those coming from Africa, was a lucrative business, Nantes was an important slavery port. Thousands of ships departed form this city setting their sails to Africa where they hoped to caught as many people as they could. Today, 2000 glass plaques embedded in the ground remember the names of... More 

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Surrey, England
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Reviewed 8 November 2016

Had no idea of the history of Nantes when we arrived and this memorial gave us an insight into it's past. Almost doesn't bear thinking about too much, so many poor people shipped off from the harbour :(

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paris
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Reviewed 21 October 2016

As you are walking along banks of the Loire river, you will see that you are treading on glass inserts containing the names of the slave ships. This shows how moving and well made the mémorial is.

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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 13 October 2016

This free Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery should be on everyone's list of sites to visit in Nantes. It's easy to find by following the Green Line. It is very stark and striking and what impressed us most were the timeline of when slavery was abolished throughout the world (in some cases it does still continue today) and also... More 

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Beijing, China
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

It's an underground corridor with proses, poems and other types of writing of slavery. All information is in French. If you don't read French, this place could be more than boring for you.

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Frankfurt, Germany
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Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

Wasn't sure what to expect. You're introduced to the topic by a plaque in French and in English that reminds the visitor of the scale of the exploitation, and the role the city of Nantes played in it. Smaller glass windows on the floor bear the names of the ships and places involved in the shameful trade, but you have... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 22 July 2016

Nice memorial to visit while walking the green line in Nantes, half in French, half in English, reminds us that slavery was largely facilitated by the Euopeans

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Reviewed 14 July 2016

a memorial comment on the slavery trade of Nantes and the abolition of slavery. Worth a visit if only to demonstrate the number of slaving trips from ths port.

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Birmingham
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Reviewed 15 June 2016

Nantes was one of the main ports of the French slave trade and takes this very seriously. This memorial is well researched and beautifully presented, starting from the plaques which you have to walk over to get in to the main part - each plaque showing the name and date of individual slave ships which left the port. It's worth... More 

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