U.S. Ambassador Henry Jardine was excited to announce the completion of a project to renovate a portion of the roof of the Intercontinental Slavery Museum Ltd
in Port Louis on Friday, December 1, just in time to mark the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.
The roof of an 18th-century military hospital — now used as the entrance of the museum — was renovated with the support of the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation
and the U.S. Embassy with a grant in the amount of Rs1.75million (USD $39,275).
The grant helped to empower local communities by training young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to gain valuable skills in the conservation of heritage buildings and long-forgotten artisanal knowledge. The interns received a certificate for their work from Ambassador Jardine and ISM Chairperson Jean Maxy Simonet during a ceremony.
To renovate the roof, the workers used traditional 18th-century roofing techniques known as “argamasse” from a specially trained pool of artisans.
During remarks at the ceremony, Ambassador Jardine said, “The United States is proud to have supported the preservation of this important site. Since 2001, the United States has supported the preservation of historic sites in 133 countries around the world through this highly competitive program. Globally, and here in Mauritius, the Ambassadors Fund has helped to spur economic development, promote tolerance and respect for cultural diversity, and support the inclusion of women and youth.”
The U.S. Embassy thanks the Ministry of Arts and Cultural Heritage for its support for this project.