Artist of African descent must create France’s new slavery memorial, campaign group says

The Tuileries Gardens in Paris will be the home of the new memorial commemorating victims of slavery © Kris Atomic

The French government has launched an open call for a memorial commemorating victims of slavery to be installed in the Tuileries Gardens near the Louvre. The move was welcomed by the Paris-based black advocacy group, the Representative council of Frances Black Associations (Cran), but “the artist chosen must be of African descent”, says the association's honorary president Louis-Georges Tin.

In 2016, former president François Hollande announced the establishment of a foundation to create a slavery memorial and museum in Paris. On 27 April 2018, the 170th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in French colonies, President Emmanuel Macron said in a statement: “The [proposed] foundation will put slavery back into the long history of France, from the first French colonial empire to the present day.” In May last year, Macron confirmed that a slavery memorial would be built in Paris.

Tin says: “Hollandes idea ultimately came to nothing. A memorial is a good idea but a museum would be better. It is high time we had a museum in Paris; there also needs to be some kind of financial compensation.” He adds that the Representative council of Frances Black Associations has compiled a report calling for a new museum, which will be submitted to the new mayor of Paris after the forthcoming mayoral election (second round is scheduled for 28 June).

Officials at the Louvre will be responsible for the project management. A steering committee comprised of figures “in the field of slavery commemoration… and also in contemporarRead More – Source