A talk on Slavery in Mauritius

On the 12th & 13th of November 2020, students of Terminale were pleased to welcome Dr. Jimmy Harmon, researcher, deputy director at the SeDEC and founder of the International Slavery Museum. He shared with us a brief history of slavery in the Indian Ocean and particularly Mauritius, and invited us to express our views on the matter and ask some questions.

This meeting was very enriching both historically but also personally as a citizen as it led us to better understand a darker and regrettable part of our history. Dr. Harmon mainly focussed on facts around slavery in Mauritius such as the abolition of Slavery or the Code Noir for instance and talked about the new slavery museum of the island.

He then gave us the opportunity to discuss on what he taught us and talk about some other related topics.

Students quizzed him on current events like the removal of statues of slave traders amid the international reach of the Black Lives Matter protests or on the importance of remembrance of such tragic events.

This short but very instructive session was filled with knowledge and emotions and we would like to thank him for such an occasion.

Text : Yashodaren SAWMYNADEN – Pictures : Poonam SEETOHUL, English Teacher

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