Arc of Return


Visitors can pass through The Ark of Return to intimately experience three primary elements. The first element, Acknowledge the Tragedy, is a three-dimensional map that depicts the global scale of the triangular slave trade.

The second element, Consider the Legacy, is a full scale human figure lying in front of a wall inscribed with images of the interior of a slave ship. This element illustrates the extreme conditions under which millions of African people were transported during the Middle Passage.

The third element, Lest We Forget, is a triangular reflecting pool where visitors can honour the memory of the millions of souls who were lost.

New York, New York
Public, UN
UN Website
Historical Subject: 

Transatlantic Slave Trade 1502-1888

Physical Aspects: 

Text, Figure, Abstract

Date of Dedication: 
March 2015
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