- Publié le lundi 1 octobre 2007 07:17
A l'occasion de la commémoration de l'abolition de l'esclavage à Sainte-Lucie le 01 août, nous republions le texte de présentation rédigé par le militant culturel Gregor William pour l'exposition commémorant le 200° anniversaire. Voici le texte d'introduction de l'exposition
This exhibition takes you on a journey in time and space. As the poster on the wall of a train in the London Underground in 2004 read “It’s not where you’re from. It’s where we’re going.” From his beginnings in Kenya and Ethiopia, man has travelled a long way all over the earth and even to the moon. Our humanity does not seem to have travelled so far and so high.
Abolition freed both the slave and the slaveholder; both had become dehumanised by the system, one in anger the other in fear.
The old form of slavery still exists today and new forms have emerged.
The exhibition will not focus on images of the cruelties and suffering of the victims of slavery nor condemn the slave sellers, buyers, slaveholders. It will try to look into their souls.
Wars were fought over the control of the slave trade, brown gold, in the Caribbean in the 17th and 18th centuries, and in Africa and Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries, over yellow gold (metal), red gold, (copper and brass) and white gold (sugar). Today nations fight over black gold (oil).
Will the conflicts over wealth, and its accompanying is power, ever cease? This is an effort to honour;
All those who suffered, who died, as a result of their trials in slave trade and slavery;
All those known and unknown persons who resisted and those who gave up their lives in the resistance and battles against the slave trade and slavery and;
All the little known or mentioned heroes of abolition, the Quakers, the Abolitionists, the Amis des Noirs, and others whose efforts helped in the fight against the abuse and injustices.
We need to remember their past experience, study the lessons that it teaches to avoid repetition. Unfortunately slavery is alive in the modern world in new forms and guises, which we must continue to fight against.
Merci à Louise, notre relais saint-lucien.
Texte d'annonce : L'Alliance Française de Sainte-Lucie, the British High Commissioner and the French Ambassador to the OECS present an exhibition dedicated to the 200th Anniversary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act of 1807 by Britain. The exhibition will take the form of posters and photographs and a few artifacts, and a short film on the modern forms of slavery will then be shown on Thursday October 4th from 7:00 p.m. - Alliance française de Sainte-Lucie, The Pyramid, Pointe Seraphine, Castries.