Memorial ACTe remembers the slave trade

Memorial ACTe remembers the slave trade

Opened in May 2015, the Caribbean Centre for Expressions and Memory of the Slave Trade and Slavery, the largest memorial of its kind in the world, is Pointe-à-Pitre's flagship building.

Visible from the sea, it radiates throughout Guadeloupe and the Caribbean. At once a shrine, museum, art centre, and congress hall, it contributes to the raising of consciousness for better sharing and understanding. The choice of location has symbolic significance, 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 dedicated to the conquest of the Americas, the introduction of slavery, its abolition, and different contemporary movements. There is also a space for temporary exhibitions and a conference room, as well as multipurpose spaces. On the second floor, between sky and sea, an outdoor 275m walkway connects the ACTe Memorial to the 'Morne Memory', a large garden with panoramic views of the bay.

Mémorial ACTe

97110 Pointe-à-Pitre

+590 (0)5 90 25 16 00