TheBlackList Pub

For All Points-Of-The-View.

United Nations Unveils "The Ark of Return" Memorial to Victims of Slavery

Architect Rodney Leon Designs Spiritual Place of Remembrance

The United Nations announced today the observance of the eighth International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. More than 15 million men, women, and children were victims of the triangular slave trade, the largest forced migration in history.

This year, the United Nations proudly invites visitors to the historic unveiling of The Ark of Return, the permanent memorial, designed by Rodney Leon an American architect of Haitian descent. The memorial recognizes the millions of African people who endured the extreme conditions on slave ships during the Middle Passage and the subsequent horrors of enslavement upon their arrival to the "New World."  

Built on the Visitors Plaza at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, as its theme suggests, The Ark of Return will help us to acknowledge the tragedy, consider the legacy of slavery, and never forget the millions of people affected by these events. It is designed in three parts for visitors to walk through and initiate a psychological, emotional, and spiritual transformation. It provides a solemn space within which one may reflect upon a tragic page in the history of mankind.

In his annual message about the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says, "The Ark of Return Memorial will bring home to visitors from around the world the terrible legacy of the slave trade. It will enable them to reflect on a core goal of the United Nations: the promotion and preservation of the dignity, freedom and equality of all human beings."

About Rodney Leon
Rodney Leon, the founder and principal of Rodney Leon Architects PLLC has an architectural background as designer on diverse projects including memorials, private homes, churches and cultural institutions in the U.S. and abroad. His academic interests have concentrated on Diaspora cultures and their impact on contemporary architecture and urban environments. Mr. Leon focuses his professional efforts and has developed an expertise in modern "Culturally Contextual" global design. In 2005, he was awarded the prestigious commission for design and construction of the African Burial Ground Memorial in New York City, which is the only national monument in the United States dedicated to the contributions of people of African descent. Mr. Leon's current projects include the proposed design of a new 12,000 square foot Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Arts (MOCADA) in Brooklyn, NY. Mr. Leon received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Pratt Institute School of Architecture and his Master of Architecture degree from Yale University. He resides in Brooklyn with his wife and two daughters. For additional information about Rodney Leon Architects, please visit

Rita C. Joseph | RJ Media PR
(646) 258-6985 – Mobile | (718) 623-2300 – Office

NEW YORK, March 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --

Views: 610


You need to be a member of TheBlackList Pub to add comments!

Join TheBlackList Pub

Donations Accepted


Debt Servitude

Started by Junious Ricardo Stanton in CURRENT EVENTS AND TOPICAL ISSUES on Monday. 0 Replies

Debt ServitudeJunious Ricardo Stanton “Credit cards are a key element in the banking industry’s profits. At commercial banks, the average interest rate on credit-card plans is 15.1% and the average assessed interest rate is 16.9%, on $1 trillion in…Continue

Voice of New Afrikan Radio Program

Started by Brotha Lukata in Politics on Sunday. 0 Replies

ATTENTION NEW AFRIKANS - Please tune-in to the Voices of New Afrika radio program, aired Sundays from Noon - 12:30pm CST on 1600am out of Ida B. Well City (Memphis, TN). Here's the link…Continue

Trump's Boneheaded Policies

Started by Junious Ricardo Stanton in CURRENT EVENTS AND TOPICAL ISSUES. Last reply by Arlene Johnson May 15. 1 Reply

                                     Trump’s Bone Headed Policies                          Junious Ricardo Stanton “ The…Continue

New Afrikan Family Day 2019

Started by Brotha Lukata in CURRENT EVENTS AND TOPICAL ISSUES May 14. 0 Replies

All New Afrikan Certified District must begin to celebrate Ourstory, Our Holidays and the Victories of Our Struggle. James C. Anyike wrote "African-american Holidays: A Historical Research and Resource Guide to Cultural Celebrations" that can guide…Continue

© 2019   Created by KWASI Akyeampong.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

Rivers APC Hails Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi at 53
= =