Classics: A street Boubacar-Joseph-Nndiaye, symbol of human rights, on the island of Nantes

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El Hadji Magatte Sèye (ambassadeur du Sénégal – 1re gauche), Augustin Senghor (maire de Gorée, 2e à gauche), Suzanne Ndiaye (petite-fille de Boubacar Joseph Ndiaye, 3e à gauche), Jean-Marc Ayrault (ancien maire de Nantes et Premier ministre, 4e à gauche), Allassane Guissé (conseiller municipal du groupe écologiste, 1re à droite) et Olivier Chateau (adjoint à la mairie de Nantes). © Ouest-France El Hadji Magatte Sèye (Ambassador of Senegal-1st left), Augustin Senghor (Mayor of Gorée, 2nd on the left ), Suzanne Ndiaye (granddaughter of Boubacar Joseph Ndiaye, 3rd on the left), Jean-Marc Ayrault (former mayor of Nantes and Prime Minister, 4th on the left), Allassane Guissé (municipal councilor of the environmental group, 1st on the right) and Olivier Chateau (assistant to the town hall of Nantes).

It is in partnership with the Association of Friends of Gorée de Paix, the city of Nantes (Loire-Atlantique) and a Senegalese delegation, that the inauguration of the street plate was held on Saturday October 15 Dedicated to Boubacar Joseph Ndiaye, Prairie-au-Duc district.

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Born in Rufisque, Senegal, Boubacar Joseph Ndiaye fought in the French army during the Second World War, then in Indochina. As a former fighter, he received the war cross and was made an officer of the National Order of the Lion and knight of the National Order of Merit, in France and Senegal. After his return to Senegal, he became a curator of the Maison des slaves de Gorée in 1962.

Talent speaker, he also worked to highlight the history of the slave trade and slavery, thus contributing to The constitution of a memory around these human tragedies, as pointed out on Saturday October 15, Olivier Chateau, assistant to the town hall of Nantes , in charge of the island of Nantes and heritage: "Senegalese figure Of the best known and recognized in the world by its action in favor of human rights, Boubacar Joseph Ndiaye was a key player in memory and has helped break the silence on one of the greatest tragedies in human history: the slave trade and slavery. "

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" The first city in the world to pay tribute to it "

" On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of its birth, the city of Nantes and the municipal team wanted to pay tribute to it. For several years, the city has honored international and French personalities who have worked in the defense of human rights, the fight against fascism and all forms of discrimination. In connection with the Samoa, the Heritage Department is working to set up an educational journey on the public space which will present these different personalities. Memory is necessary to build the future.

For many years, new Nantes streets have been appointed in tribute to these women and men committed for human rights, especially in the Prairie-au-Duc district, with seventeen names of figures embodying the fight for peace.

"Boubabar Joseph Ndiaye won this slavery fight in the name of all his ancestors, but also in the name of the new generations of slave descendants, comments Augustin Senghor, mayor of Gorée. He fought body and soul for forty years to simply restore the dignity of millions of Africans who had to suffer from slavery. It is not surprising, and it is even extraordinary to note that Nantes, city which has an active past compared to the slave trade , the first city in the world to pay tribute to it, thus registering it definitively in the story. »

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