In many ways there are brown trucks everywhere. So many events around the world reinforce our efforts to remember ancestors who suffered the transatlantic slave trade. On August 23, 2011 (The International Day of Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition) the UN made a final formal call for the design of the monument to be installed at the UN to memorialize the trade’s horrors, and Irina Bakova who is Director-General of UNESCO made a speech stating, the “sad history of the slave trade can help mankind learn common humanity.”
This project intends to do just that, starting with the descendants of those who were involved in the slave trade. We will reestablish our own humanity by connecting with our ancestors who remain unknown and unacknowledged in the Atlantic Ocean, two to six million. We hope without anger to examine and bring to the surface much of what was endured, sacrificed and achieved to make the voyage from Africa to all the ports in Europe, North, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. Both knowledge and memory play a big part in connecting the broken pieces of this circle.