Speech Aline Hanson / Commemoration abolition slave
The honorable senator,
Ladies and gentlemen,
Ladies and gentlemen,
We commemorate together - on this Wednesday 27 May - under the benevolent eye of our symbol Lady Liberty, the abolition of slavery, which we all agree is one of the crimes against The most abominable humanity that history has ever known.
Without the freedom of our distant ancestors, we would not be here today, on our little end of France, to pay homage and to transmit to the youngest the values of respect and tolerance that animate us.
The duty of memory is in this sense primordial, that it is a precious relay to the younger generations.
Young people to whom we must transmit the knowledge of the past - even in its darkest hours - so that they can build on solid foundations. So that they can love their territory for what it is / for its history / and for the symbol of unity that it represents.
I invite young people to read the works of our writers - I think of the book "Ségou" by Maryse Condé, which tells the story very well - and to appropriate history in order to stand up against slavery in all its forms forms.
The fight is not in vain, because 22 millions of people are still enslaved throughout the world.
As I said above, we all need to turn around / at one time or another / on our past.
Now we have the Memorial ACTe, which I had the privilege of inaugurating with the Caribbean and African heads of state / alongside the President of the Republic / 10 last May in Guadeloupe.
This monument testifies to the union of the African and Caribbean peoples around a common cause: the recognition of the suffering of the victims of trafficking, but also and above all the influence of the history of our territories and the formidable hope that we base In the future.
France was the first country in the world to recognize in the law slavery as a crime against humanity / it was in 2001 / we can be satisfied!
I will add a word On racism which has no place in our Republic and still less in Saint-Martin!
President Jacques Chirac said: "Racism, wherever it comes from, is a crime of the heart and the spirit".
With its 90 nationalities, Saint-Martin is a successful example of the mixture of peoples and cultures. So I hope that we will remain a model for a long time and that we will always have that height of view that places humanity above all, whatever its origins.
167 years have passed since the decree of abolition of the slavery adopted under the impulse of Victor Schoelcher in 1848.
167 years during which the diversity of peoples has made its work in our territories and all over the world.
This mix of origins is a wealth for France and a considerable asset for our overseas collectivity which shines every day of its cultural specificities.
When I see all these young people assembled today and who are preparing to bring their stone to the edifice of this commemoration, I think that the work of memory is making its way / I think that our island is rich in its And has great potential.
I would like to address all young Saint-Martinis and tell them: believe in the strength of your origins, believe in yourself! The Saint Martin Community will always be there to accompany you and guide our territory towards excellence.
En conclusion, I would like to say a word about the Territorial Archives (directed by Stéphanie Dargaud here) because they are a valuable witness to the richness of our history. This service of the Collectivity collects and centralizes historical documents that are a strong link with the past. This service also brings its expertise to the elected representatives of the executive in terms of the valorisation of protected sites as historic monuments.
I think of our three classified sites, the Fort Louis, the Mont Vernon plantation, and the Moho rock in Quartier d'Orléans, which will soon be the subject of an appropriate restoration and valorization in order to protect our heritage And to allow the public to benefit.