Le Voyage à Nantes
Les Tables de Nantes
Les Machines de l’île
Château des ducs de Bretagne
Mémorial de l’abolition de l’esclavage
Logotype du mémorial

May 10

Every year, during France’s national day of remembrance of the slave trade, slavery and its abolition, the municipality of Nantes works with different associations and institutions to offer a commemorative ceremony and cultural agenda.

The aim is to recognize and share the different histories that exist, and mobilize young people to continue, particularly in the fight for human rights in our present-day world.

This commemorative ceremony is structured around several events, each with their own strong, symbolic value:
– a tribute to the victims of the slave trade and slavery, by throwing of flowers into the Loire;
– political discussions focusing on the importance of memorials and their extension into civic activism, and current-day struggles against discrimination;
– a guest’s first-hand account of their fight against discrimination through his/her actions;
– an expression of youth engaged in civic activities;
– a concert of slave liberation songs.

Throughout the month of May, a cultural program exists in parallel to this ceremony, entitled “Mois des mémoires” (“Month of Memorials”) by the Fondation pour la Mémoire de l’Esclavage. It includes meetings, exhibitions, tours, plays, concerts, and artistic events organized by various partners.

Discover the 10th anniversary document of the Nantes Slavery Abolition Memorial.

    Guests of honor since 2010

    2010 Yanick Lahens, essayist and novelist
    2011 Christiane Taubira
2012 Léonora Miano, novelist, essayist, composer, and performer
    2013 Carole Alston, singer and dancer
    2014 Frankétienne, Haitian poet, playwright, and painter
    2015 Angela Davis
    2016 Isabelle Boni-Claverie, screenwriter and director
    2017 Gerty Dambury, playwright, short story author, poet, novelist, actress, director
    2018 Patrick Chamoiseaun, Abd al Malick
    2019 Christiane Taubira (cancelled)

      Continue reading:
      Understanding history