National Slave Memorial

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National Slave Memorial (proposed)
Map showing the location of National Slave Memorial (proposed)
Map showing the location of National Slave Memorial (proposed)
LocationWashington, D.C., U.S.
Coordinates38°54′18″N 77°00′58″W / 38.905°N 77.016°W / 38.905; -77.016 (coordinates of Washington, D.C.)

The National Slave Memorial is a proposed memorial to honor the victims of slavery in the United States. It was introduced during a 2003 Congressional session.[1] Professor Ira Berlin noted that the proposed memorial is an example of the interest Americans in the early 21st century still have in the facts and legacy of slavery.[2] The legislation has not been adopted; instead, Congress supported the creation of the National Museum of African American History and Culture,[3] which opened on the National Mall in 2016.


  1. ^ Cho, Mark (March 9, 2003). "Pastor Wants Slave Memorial On DC Mall". The Ledger (Lakeland, FL). The Washington Post Reprint. pp. A2. Retrieved May 27, 2012.
  2. ^ Berlin, Ira (2004). "American Slavery in History and Memory and the Search for Social Justice". The Journal of American History. 90 (4): 1251–1268, 1253. doi:10.2307/3660347. JSTOR 3660347.
  3. ^ Hatch, John B. (2010). Race and Reconciliation: Redressing Wounds of Injustice (paperback ed.). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. p. 11. ISBN 9780739121535.

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