Historic Sotterley, as a UNESCO Slave Route Site of Memory, will participate in the global launch of the UNESCO publication entitled “Legacies of Slavery: A Resource Book for Managers of Sites and Itineraries of Memory” on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. The launch of this Resource book will be organized the same day and simultaneously in different countries of the world, in collaboration with our partners. On this occasion, the online version of “Legacies of Slavery” will be made available in three languages (English, French and Spanish) in free access on the UNESCO website.
This Resource book is the fruit of the intensive work that was achieved by UNESCO’s Slave Route Project: Resistance, Liberty, Heritage, in order to develop a tool that can be used by professionals involved in the safeguarding and promotion of sites related to the slave trade and slavery. Designed in two parts, it contains conceptual and practical information for managers of sites of memory. It also provides a comparative analysis of best experiences and practices across regions, through 40 examples of sites, itineraries and museums implementing particular strategies for the preservation, promotion and interpretation of heritage related to slavery. Moreover, it offers advice and recommendations for the development of memory tourism, responding to the ethical exigencies of this sensitive subject.
This event also coincides with the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. It will be an opportunity to engage in a reflection on the stakes of the preservation of the memory of slavery, and mostly to question how this history can be integrated on memory policies.
Historic Sotterley will be participating with the following activities for this global launch:
10:00 a.m. – Organizational announcement of Sotterley’s UNESCO Slave Route Site of Memory designation and purpose for this event.
10:30 a.m. to noon – Exhibition: Re-discovering Historic Sotterley’s Land, Lives, and Labor exhibit and Slave Cabin exhibit.
1:00 p.m. – Our Stories: A presentation and training of the interpretation of Sotterley’s manor house through diverse perspectives.
2:30 p.m. 4:00 pm. – Public Roundtable: Front-line Sotterley, staff, volunteers, and leadership discuss the duty to remember and the right to history: issues and challenges. Public audience input and comment.