Ten years after being commissioned by Jean-Marc Ayrault – the French prime minister who at the time served as mayor of the City of Nantes, for centuries France’s largest slave port – the award-winning Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery opened in March 2012.
Sited on the banks of the Loire River in the heart of the city, the Memorial is the product of Wodiczko + Bonder, a partnership created by Architect and Roger Williams University Professor of Architecture Julian Bonder and Krzysztof Wodiczko of the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
On April 11, Professor Bonder will offer ideas on architecture, memory and public space and share the story of the Memorial – which received, among other awards, a Special Mention from the Biannual European Prize for Urban Public Space – a unique space that invites visitors to contemplate slavery and the slave trade, celebrate resistance and abolition and consider the continuing struggle against present-day forms of slavery.
Free and open to the public; no tickets required
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