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Try living as a slave for one day? Yes, in Memory Village Haiti you can actually experience how bad the plantation workers were treated!

Many theme parks offer interactive exhibits and opportunities to role play and get involved, but none of them are quite like Memory Village in Haiti. Visitors to the park pay for a 12 hour experience to play the role as a slave and see what life would have been like over 200 years ago for the hundreds of thousands of captive Native Haitians and imported African slaves participants are given traditional African clothing and then are kidnapped chained together and forced to march to a slave ship for mock crossing of the Atlantic. They are then taken to a market to be sold and put to work on a plantation.

Memory Village Haiti
Memeory Village Haiti

At the end of their state visitors take part in a recreation of the 1791 to 1804 slave rebellion that eventually saw the establishment of Haiti as the first black Republic in the world and the first country in the Western Hemisphere to abolish slavery completely. Reaction to the theme park has been mixed critics arguing that it commercializes a tragic part of world history but proponents say it is a unique into a topic that is often difficult to truly understand.

Carl Guerrier handcrafted the miniature model of the Memory Village that stands today in the N a Sonje center in Pernier, Haiti. The model is used as a virtual tour and reliving of the transatlantic slave trade instead of the memory village becoming a reality due to land conflicts where the village was originally envisioned to be built. Don McClannen gave generously to the Foundation that made this model possible.

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They can choose if they want to be spectators or participants. If they take part, they will be given traditional African clothing and then ‘kidnapped’, chained and forced to march to a slave ship in a mock crossing of the Atlantic. They will then be part of a re-enactment where slaves were taken to market to be sold and later broken down with uktorture in quarantine and put to work on a plantation.

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“The breath that I take, the blood that runs in my body, is all in debt to that history,” Carla says. “Slavery is a terrible wound. Germany is still suffering from the Holocaust and trying to get over it, and this is a Holocaust that happened for centuries.”

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