ACTe Memorial to inform and educate on the slave trade

The ACTe Memorial in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe aims to inform and educate the local population and tourists on the slave trade, slavery and its abolition, as well as the cultural expressions which emerged from it. Built on the site of a former sugar factory in the centre of the city, it is an important urban development which is helping to revitalise the neighbourhood in which it is located.

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ACTe Memorial aims to inform and educate Guadeloupe’s population and tourists on slave trade, slavery and its abolition ACTe Memorial aims to inform and educate Guadeloupe’s population and tourists on slave trade, slavery and its abolition

" ACTe Mémorial: a place of remembrance and of reconciliation. "

Corina Crețu, European Commissioner for Regional Policy

As well as keeping the collective memory of the slave trade alive, the ACTe Memorial is a place for research, cultural production and diffusion of knowledge on the subject. It should also become an important tourist attraction for the whole of the Americas and a veritable international meeting point.

By placing a dedicated learning, cultural and creative space at the disposal of the whole community, the ACTe Memorial can help to heal the wounds of a chapter of history which shaped the society of Guadeloupe, the Caribbean and the Americas as a whole. In this way, it aims to contribute to reconciliation and a new understanding between peoples and nations.

Permanent and temporary exhibition space

The foundation stone of the ACTe Memorial was laid on 27 May 2008 as part of the commemorations for the 160th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Guadeloupe. The 2 500 m2 structure includes a main building with a 1 700 m2 permanent exhibition, 700 m2 of temporary exhibition space, a gastronomic restaurant, a genealogical research area, a multimedia library and a conference centre able to host a range of events.

Guadeloupe's rich cultural and historical heritage is little known and has not been sufficiently capitalised on to reach its potential in terms of attracting and developing tourism. Visitor numbers at heritage sites are small and emblematic projects such as the ACTe Memorial can reverse this, while supporting economic development and creating jobs.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Memorial ACTe” is EUR 83 000 000, of which the EU’s European Regional Development Fund is contributing EUR 17 000 000 from the Operational Programme “Guadeloupe et St Martin Etat” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period.

Draft date

25/01/2016

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