Visible from the sea, it radiates throughout Guadeloupe and the Caribbean. At once shrine, museum, art centre, and congress hall, it contributes to the raising of consciousness for a better sharing and understanding. The choice of location marks a strong symbol, since it is built on the site of the former Darboussier sugar factory, where forced labour was still practiced in the 19th century.
Its bold architecture is based on two buildings connected by a monumental arch of perforated aluminium. Highly symbolic, the facades are covered with black quartz chips, which represent the millions of souls who were victims of the slave trade and slavery.
Inside the museum, the permanent exhibition is structured around six educational areas: the conquest of the Americas, slavery, abolition, and different contemporary movements. There is also a place for temporary exhibitions and a conference room, as well as multipurpose spaces. On the second floor, between sky and sea, an outdoor 275-metre walkway connects the ACTe Memorial to the ‘Morne Memory', a large garden with panoramic views of the bay. This is also a shrine, and reminiscent of slave gardens, the only space of freedom that was granted slaves on certain Sundays.
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