Mexico Square Declared Site of Memory of Slavery
24 de agosto de 2016, 08:25
Mexico, Aug 24 (Prensa Latina) The Santo Domingo Square, in the historic center of Mexico City, was declared a Site of Memory of Slavery, which reminds here today the legacy of Africans and Afro-descendants.
A commemorative plaque was placed on the entry of the Church of Santo Domingo, as part of the ceremonies for the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition.
Is an act of memory and response to the historical debt with the African people and Afro-descendants, said Diego Prieto, technical secretary in charge of the General Directorate of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH, in Spanish)?
Nuria Sanz, director and representative of the Office of UNESCO in Mexico, and Prieto led this event.
The anthropologist stressed that the Ministry of Culture through the INAH is pleased to participate in the actions of the International Slave Route Project: resistance, freedom and heritage of UNESCO.
It was announced that with the designation of this place in the Santo Domingo Square, it would begin a national project to continue identifying Places of Memory of Slavery throughout the Mexican territory.
It also stated that the unveiling of the plaque is part of the actions of the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024), declared by the United Nations Organization.
According to several studies, it is estimated that in Mexico arrived around 250,000 children, women and men from different regions of the African continent during colonial times, the INAH said in a statement.
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