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United Nations unveils slavery memorial | Miami Herald


Designed by Haitian-American architect Rodney Leon, The Ark of Return memorializes the estimated 15 million African men, women, and children who died during the transatlantic slave trade and the millions of others forced into plantation slavery in the Americas. Leon beat out 310 architects and designers for the chance to design the permanent structure at the U.N.’s New York headquarters.

Leon said the triangle-shaped marble structure was inspired by the theme, “acknowledge the tragedy, consider the tragedy, lest we forget.” He and his team drew inspiration from the maps of the triangular slave trade, which are etched in the structure; the ships that ferried Africans to Europe and the Americas, and the experiences people underwent through the “door of no return” — a door at a castle on Gorée Island in Senegal where many slaves were kept before they were shipped to the Americas. via | Miami Herald.

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