Architect shares inside look of slavery memorial

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A close-up from the memorial on the legacy of slavery. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

A permanent memorial to honour the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade will help teach present and future generations about, what the UN has called, “one of the darkest chapters in human history”.

For over 400 years, more than 15 million men, women and children were taken from Africa as slaves.

Rodney Leon, an American architect of Haitian descent, won a competition to design the memorial which is open to the public at UN Headquarters in New York.

He describes his creation—”The Ark of Return”—as a marble vessel or ship that is inspired by the maps of the triangular slave trade.

Mr Leon gave Stephanie Coutrix a tour of the memorial.

Duration: 6’56”