RVA Delegation to Benin 2019?

In 2019, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization will commemorate the 25th anniversary of The Slave Route Project: Resistance, Liberty, Heritage. The project was originally proposed by a delegation from Haiti (the first Black republic in the western hemisphere), in Ouidah (from where 380 enslaved Africans arrived to Greater RVA directly from West Africa in 1739)...

yet, there has been minimal (if any) engagement with leaders across the atlantic in Richmond...This is a problem.

According to the Project's webpage, the following objectives guide the Slave Route Project:

  • "Contribute to a better understanding of the causes, forms of operation, stakes and consequences of slavery in the world (Africa, Europe, the Americas, the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean, Middle East and Asia);
  • "Highlight the global transformations and cultural interactions that have resulted from this history;
  • "Contribute to a culture of peace by promoting reflection on cultural pluralism, intercultural dialogue and the construction of new identities and citizenships

Though far from perfect, we believe that Richmond has earned its role as a global leader in devising creative spaces for our communities to reckon with Our City's histories. 2019 offers a watershed moment to showcase the work of Richmond's diverse communities to the rest of the Afro-Atlantic world. Richmond already boasts a history of political activism, groundbreaking research initiatives, and the grit from the grassroots necessary to elevate our community as a global leader in reckoning with our Transatlantic histories. 

Richmond is ready.

 The Door of No Return. Ouidah, Benin

The Door of No Return. Ouidah, Benin