In the 18th century, Nantes became the most important slave-trading port in France.
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.
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)
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.
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Quai de la Fosse 44000 Nantes
How to get there?
Tramway, line 1. Stop Chantiers Navals.
The underground passage is open daily in free access : from 9 am to 8 pm from May 16 to September 15, and from 9 am to 6 pm from September 16 to May 14
Closed when the Loire is in flood.
Final entrance one half-hour before closing.
Annual site closures: January 1, May 1, November 1, December 25
Closed due to maintenance from 22 to 26 January 2024