The Permanent Mission of Jamaica to the United Nations along with Permanent Memorial Committee unveiled an online community developed to foster the committee’s effort to raise awareness and funds for the design, construction and erection of a permanent memorial to and in remembrance of the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade.
The website will serve as an interactive platform through which the general public, committee members and other interested parties can keep abreast of the committee’s schedule of events, issues, history and impact of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and make donations.
The Permanent Memorial will serve as a reminder of the legacy of the slave trade. It will provide future generations an understanding of the history and consequences of slavery and serves as an educational tool to raise awareness about the current dangers of racism, prejudice and the lingering consequences that continue to impact the descendants of the victims.
To date, the committee has raised just less than $1 million dollars, with the bulk of the donations coming from member countries such as, Australia ($100,000), India ($260,000) and Finland ($50,000). In 2009, US entrepreneur and philanthropist Russell Simmons was appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the Memorial.
The Members of the Committee are: Brazil, Ghana, Jamaica, the Netherlands, Portugal, Qatar, Senegal, Suriname, the United Kingdom, the African Union, the Chair of CARICOM, the Chair of the African Group of Ambassadors, the United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Department of Public Information (DPI), the New York Public Library Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and the Chairperson of the Sub-Committee for the Elimination of Racism of the NGO Committee on Human Rights.