Establishing the memory of slavery in Guadeloupe and Nantes: The contentious issues of memorial donations

By Gaetano Ciarcia


Since their recent creation, the Memorial ACTe of Guadeloupe and the Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery in Nantes have become the focus of controversies with respect to the different public uses of the past of the transatlantic slave trade to which they give rise. As well as analyzing their design and public reception, this article examines situations characterized by both the institutionalization of an official memory of slavery and its different local variations or responses.


  • Reparation
  • Uses of the past
  • Memorial identifications
  • Controversial genealogies
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