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Invisibles chains: A day for commemorating the abolition of slavery

On 11th May 2017, the Collectif du dix mai-Bordeaux organised an event to commemorate the abolition of slavery in Bordeaux, including an exhibition, a concert and a conference/debate. 

Cross-Company Relay Race 27 May

The Relais Inter-Entreprises is a relay race initiated by the companies CE RFO and the CMCAS EDF in 1998 to commemorate the anniversary of the abolition of slavery. The race opposes two Guadeloupean city teams composed of 21 torchbearers, each of them running a distance of around 3 km. Traditionally, the association Relais Inter-Entreprises organizes its race on the 27th May each year. It is a sporting event, but also a cultural and historical event commemorating the 1848 abolition of slavery.

The aim of the Relais Inter-Entreprises du 27 mai is:

Days of Memories in Montauban

Since 2014, the association Esclavage, Mémoires Présentes organises the "Days of Memories" in the city of Montauban (Midi-Pyrénées). During this event, which lasts for about a month, conferences, exhibitions, readings and film screenings on the subject of slavery and the slave trade are organised.

Guided Tour: "Bordeaux Nègre"

The guided tour 'Bordeaux nègre' (Negro Bordeaux) was designed by Karfa Diallo, a writer and poet from Bordeaux, and president of the association Mémoires et Partages. This alternative touristic tour recalls the slave heritage of the city of Bordeaux with reference to its architecture and history.

L'École des Mémoires

The 'École des Mémoires' ('School of Memories') is a project set up by the association Mémoires et Partages. According to its website, the '"École des Mémoires" aims to respond to the fractured memories caused by the violence of globalisation. The goal of the school is to create a new humanism, or a new kind of consciousness.

Descendants d’esclaves noirs : à nous la parole !

According to the website of the Association des descendants d’esclaves noirs et de leurs amis (ADEN 94), after the publication of the book entitled Les Traites négrières coloniales.

Festival "Un passé trop présent"

The festival 'Un passé trop présent' ('An all too present past') is organised by the undeclared Collectif Un passé trop présent in Fontenay-Sous-Bois (a town on the outskirts of Paris, Ile-de-France). Organised around 10th May, the festival focuses on the commemoration of slavery and runs for about two weeks from late April to mid-May. May 10th is France's national day for commemorating slavery, the slave trade and their abolitions. During this period, the group, assisted by other associations, organises conferences, debates, poetry contests, dancing, etc.