Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

The Route of the Enslaved: The UNESCO Slave Route Project

Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

The Route of the Enslaved: The UNESCO Slave Route Project

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Ignorance or concealment of major historical events constitutes an obstacle to mutual understanding, reconciliation and cooperation among peoples. The U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has thus decided to break the silence surrounding the enslavement of African people that have concerned all continents and caused the great upheavals that have shaped our modern societies.

Launched in 1994 in Ouidah, Benin, on a proposal from Haiti, "the Slave Route project: Resistance, Liberty, Heritage" pursues the following objectives:

* Contribute to a better understanding of the causes, forms of operation, stakes and consequences of slavery in the world (Africa, Europe, the Americas, the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean, Middle East and Asia);

* Highlight the global transformations and cultural interactions that have resulted from this history;

* Contribute to a culture of peace by promoting reflection on cultural pluralism, intercultural dialogue and the construction of new identities and citizenships

Under the guidance of an International Scientific Committee, the project continues its actions as to encourage new research in neglected regions, to define new approaches for the teaching of this history, to elaborate new guides for the identification, preservation and promotion of sites and itineraries of memory related to enslavement, to promote the contributions of people of African descent to the construction of contemporary societies and finally to preserve written archives and intangible heritage related to this history. …

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