Island of Memory by Britton Chambers

Britton Chambers, an architecture student at the University of Minnesota, has designed a memorial centre to commemorate the suffering of slaves in 18th and 19th century America.

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The project is titled Island of Memory: Memorial to the Dehumanization and Murder of African Slaves within the United States of America. Chambers proposes building the memorial on Shutes Folly Island, South Carolina.

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"This project began approximately a year ago when I was travelling through Europe studying monuments and memorials of WWII." explains Chambers. "As I was there I began to notice similarities between the treatment of Jews in 1940’s Europe with the treatment of African slaves in 18th and 19th century America."

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"When I returned home, I had hoped to compare the Jewish memorials in Europe to memorials to slavery here in America. However, this was not possible as there was no monument or memorial to slavery in America. Therefore, my proposal is to create the first national memorial to slavery that would preserve the memory of dehumanization of African Slaves in America."

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Here's some more information from Chambers:

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Island of Memory: Memorial to the Dehumanization and Murder of African Slaves within the United States of America

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Project Location: Charleston, South Carolina – Shutes Folly Island

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The objective of this project is to create a building that preserves the memory of a culture which, for over two hundred years, faced immeasurable oppression, torture, and murder.

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We, as Americans and even more as human beings, are responsible for the actions of our past and must make every effort possible to amend or apologize for the actions of our country.

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Slavery is an issue that pertains to all of humanity and its importance far outweighs any cultural or social difference. African Americans share a different understanding of our history, however slavery is a part of our global history as human beings. It can and should be addressed by all people.

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I feel that the greatest power of a memorial is its ability to educate current and future generations of people about man’s inhumanity to man.

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The lessons learned from this memorial may guide future generations away from the atrocities of the past and promote a more peaceful approach to embracing our differences and understanding our similarities.

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This memorial will not take away the pain and sorrow endured by slaves. However, my hope is that this project will help in ameliorating one part of a much greater issue.

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Britton Wade Chambers
www.brittonchambers.com

University of Minnesota