Le Voyage à Nantes
Les Tables de Nantes
Les Machines de l’île
Château des ducs de Bretagne
Mémorial de l’abolition de l’esclavage

Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery

In the 18th century, Nantes became the most important slave-trading port in France. Ship-owners, bankers, industrialists, merchants, shipbuilders, sailors: everyone profited from this trade, making the city extremely wealthy. By inaugurating this memorial in 2012 – the only one of its kind in Europe – the city affirms its desire to “keep the memory of the past alive and let it be a warning for the future.” (K. Wodiczko and J. Bonder)

On a plant-covered walkway, 2,000 commemorative plaques remind the public of the slave ships that departed from Nantes as well as the major trading ports in Africa and America. A meditative promenade, marked with quotes on the subject of slavery from a variety of sources, runs alongside the Quai de Loire. Krzysztof Wodiczko received the Hiroshima Art Prize in 1998, which rewards an artist for his/her contribution to world peace every year. Architect and teacher, Julian Bonder, is renowned for his work mixing public space, memory, and mass trauma experienced by populations.

Discover also: an urban walking tour, Nantes and the traite négrière is composed of 11 informational panels which symbolically link it to the Memorial at the Château des ducs de Bretagne, by continuing along l’île Feydeau.

© Franck Tomps

Underground passage open 7 days a week from 09:00 AM to 6:00 PM, from september 16th to may 14th / from 09:00 AM to 8:00 PM, from may 15th to september 15th.
Closed at night and periods of flooding or high water levels.
Last access 30 min before closing time. *** Due to restoration work, the Memorial will be closed to the public from Monday 19 November to Friday 14 December 2018 included. The Memorial is closed for annual maintenance from 28 January to 1 February 2019.
Free access
Quai de la Fosse
44200 Nantes
Tél. 0811 46 46 44 (service gratuit + prix appel€/min)
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