20 years of the French law entitled ‘Loi Taubira’. The Departmental Council of Reunion announces the creation of an Atlas of Slavery for 2023

The Departmental Council announces the launching of an atlas of slavery on Reunion, to mark the 20th anniversary of the law dated 21st May 2021, aimed at recognition of the slave trade and slavery as a crime against humanity and prefiguring the future Villèle museum.



• At present there is no atlas devoted to slavery on Reunion. However, the atlas is an essential tool for understanding the way in which slavery had an impact on the territory, men and women and their memory, in different fields of the society.

Why an atlas?

• An atlas is a collection of maps making it possible to localise and carry out a spatial reading of historical facts. It provides an understanding of the evolution of the latter, chronologically and geographically.

Comprehensive information

• The atlas will indicate the physical and symbolic locations linked to slavery:
– Former estates
– Places of maroon settlements (escaped slaves)
– Places and objects of memory
– Material and immaterial heritage
– Toponyms or elements of slavery in the landscape
– Public structures of research and culture (archives, university, museums, resource centres etc.)

• The atlas will indicate all available identified information linked to each location.

A modern and accessible tool

• The atlas will be digital, freely open for online consultation, dynamic, intuitive and interactive.
• It will be added to as research and knowledge progress
• It may be published in the form of a physical atlas

A federating and collaborative tool

• Carrying out such a project is a complex process. It necessitates the scientific, cultural, technical and material collaboration of a large number of partners (the field of research, academic societies, associations etc.).
• It also requires the collaboration of the public.
• In all these fields, it also requires the collaboration of the French State, local government bodies, scientific and cultural institutions, foundations and private companies as sponsors.


2021: Taking stock, drawing up of documentary corpus
2022: Mapping
2023: Putting on line / inauguration of initial content

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