Enslavement and abolitions, memories and transatlantic heritages

(work in progress)


The Réunion des Musées Métropolitains Rouen Normandie in association with the Eugène-Boudin Museum in Honfleur, the Art and History Museums in Le Havre, the Nantes Art Museum as well as the Dobrée Museum and the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany, the Musée d'Aquitaine in Bordeaux and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia have come together to create a virtual exhibit about the role France and the Americas played in the Atlantic slave trade and its abolition from the 17th century to the mid of the 19th century.
This virtual exhibition includes archives, posters, photographs, letters, objects, works of art that are not often, if ever, shown. Our main objective is to present and recontextualize the collections in order to offer new stories, and new ways of apprehending the dark side of a long ignored history. By bringing together our collections and telling the different paths and stories of the objects, we will be able to explain the many facets of the history of slavery and we will highlight several unknown, even unexpected, aspects of this past that France and the States United have in common.

This virtual exhibition project not only rethinks research on collections, but also deals with the social role and involvement of our institutions in responding to all communities around the world because the project echoes societal issues and the expectations of news. This virtual exhibition was launched in parallel with the regional exhibition Slavery, Norman memories which is being held in Rouen, Honfleur and Le Havre from May 10, 2023 to November 10, 2023 (September 17 for Rouen).

It receives support from the FRAME association (French American Museum Exchange).

I- Slavery and Atlantic trade

II- Protagonists of this global economic and political system

III- From Africa to plantations: transatlantic routes

IV- From abolitionism to abolitions

V- Memoirs of the triangular trade

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