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"A ce peuple qu'on voulut a genoux, il fallait un monument qui le mit debout". Aime Cesaire 1913-2008. Haiti’s Citadel:  The largest stone fortification of the colonial epoch in the New World. “A people brought to their knees built a monument that stood them on their feet”.

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"A ce peuple qu'on voulut a genoux, il fallait un monument qui le mit debout"

AimeCesaire 1913-2008

Haiti’s Citadel:  The largest stone fortification of the colonial epoch in the New World

“A people brought to

their knees built a monument

that stood them on their feet”

www haitianpyramid org

Haitian Earthquake Memorial Pyramid, Botanical Garden and Marine Sanctuary

www.haitianpyramid.org

A tourist attraction for Haiti

Russell Pelle, originator & Executive Director

executive summary
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • The January 12, 2010 earthquake that struck Haiti was one of the worst natural disasters humanity has suffered. Port-au-Prince and other areas were devastated. 300,000 were buried in mass graves.
  • Those who perished in the earthquake should be honored.
  • Haiti must be rebuilt.
  • Reconstruction will require removal of millions of tons of debris.
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A monument worthy of those who perished in this merciless earthquake could be constructed using debris cleared from areas devastated by the earthquake.

  • The monument should be built at the site of the unmarked mass grave.
  • In addition to honoring those who lost their lives in the earthquake, such a memorial could benefit the Haitian people as a tourist attraction.
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At the summit, a large, flat open area with an eternal flame. A wide stairway, aligned with the sun every January 12, would ascend to the top. At the top of the stairway, a rainbow arch of colored glass would be set aglow by the rays of the setting sun. The area around the pyramid would be a large botanical garden of Haitian flora – a forest with hiking trails – an ecological park.

We propose the monument take the form of a terraced pyramid.

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An estimated 33,000,000

metric tons of debris

must be cleared to

make reconstruction

possible.

This debris could be

used to build a pyramid

of tremendous size.

This is a low tech, labor intensive project, which could employ thousands of workers for years.

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honor those who perished
Honor those who perished

Mass grave site outside Port-au-Prince

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Satellite view of proposed site

Note severe deforestation . This view of the site, showing the ocean, inspired the idea of also creating a marine sanctuary.

The Haitian Memorial Pyramid Project will transform this area into an ecological park : a tourist attraction!

Marine sanctuary

mass grave site

pyramid

and botanical gardens

Titanyen

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“By supporting the Haitian Memorial Pyramid Project, we are provided the opportunity to help this nation become whole again”

Alvin Brown

Mayor

Jacksonville, Florida

i wish you the best of luck and success in your efforts
“I wish you the best of luck and success in your efforts”

Corrine Brown

U.S. Congresswoman

3rd District, Florida

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“The many supporters of the Haitian Memorial Pyramid Project are committed to honoring the past and giving hope to future generations of Haitians at home and abroad.”

U.S. Senator

Bill Nelson

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Russell Pelle, Executive Director and Roland Wasembeck, Treasurer, spent March 26 –

April 3, 2011 in Haiti. Our main objectives in this week long visit to Haiti were to test

reaction to the idea – which was very positive – develop our network of supporters . . .

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We examined our proposed site

which we discovered was

ideal for the pyramid . . .

  • and an artificial forest
  • an ecological park
  • a tourist attraction
an ecological park botanical gardens a forest with hiking trails a tourist attraction
an ecological parkbotanical gardens – a forest with hiking trails a tourist attraction
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The site is on the coast:excellent for a Marine Sanctuarythe pyramid would be visible from the sea . . . the huge monument a symbol of strength its illuminated rainbow arch . . . hope the flame . . . eternity the gardens . . . life

Geological aspects of the site were observed

Open grave trench reveals strata

Exposed strata show a consistent

pattern of sedimentary layers

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Minister of Tourism Patrick DelatourRussell Pelle (left) Minister Delatour (center), Roland Wasembeck (right)
haitian memorial pyramid project inc 2 nd mission to haiti august 6 21 2011
Haitian Memorial Pyramid Project, Inc2nd Mission to Haiti August 6 – 21, 2011

Russell Pelle

Executive Director

Roland Wasembeck

Treasurer

2 nd mission objectives
2nd Mission Objectives:
  • Meet with government Ministries
  • Meet with Senators
  • Meet with area Mayors
  • Investigate reported ‘competing’ project
  • Reach President Martelly’s inner circle
  • Meet with Sean Penn’s project personnel
  • Revisit and explore proposed project site – the mass grave at Ti Tanyen
  • Meet with Prime Minister of Haiti
  • Hold national press conference
  • accomplished
  • accomplished
  • accomplished
  • accomplished
  • accomplished
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8) accomplished

9) accomplished

haitian memorial pyramid project inc 2 nd mission to haiti august 7 14 2010
Haitian Memorial Pyramid Project, Inc.2nd Mission to Haiti: August 7 – 14, 2010

Minister of Relations Between the President and Parliament, Joseph Jasmin, facilitated several meetings for us.

Senator Carlos Lebon, Unity Party. Senator Lebon is Chair of Senate Environmental Committee.

We had an excellent meeting with him, and he arranged a meeting for us with a group of senators the following day.

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In Senate Building: ( left to right) Senators MeliusHyppolite, OPL Party; Carlos Lebon, Unity Party; François Sainvil, Unity; Simon Desras, Unity; Jean Baptiste Bien Aime, Unity; -- Russell Pelle, Roland Wasembeck -- Wencesclass Lambert, Lespwa Party;

JocelermePrivert, Unity; (not shown – Andris Riche, Alternative Party)

Nadege Joachim, 2nd Mayor of Port-au-Prince, liked the project.

She arranged for us to meet with an advisor to President Michael MartelLy.

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We had heard that another project was already underway – which could prevent ours from being authorized.

Dolores Neptune, who lost a son in the earthquake, had been advocating a memorial project - but it was not advancing. We agreed our ideas were “in complete harmony”.

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Mayor Joachim arranged a meeting with Conseiller du Président de la RépubliqueJean Fritz Jean Louis.

Mr. Jean Louis told us he liked the project but could not recommend it to President Martely until the plans were developed in greater detail and we could demonstrate the ability to finance it.

He recommended we meet with the Mayor of Cabaret, the town nearest to the mass grave site, and have him write a letter supporting the project.

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Thomas Joseph Wills, Mayor of Cabaret, the town nearest to the proposed site of the Haitian Memorial Pyramid, Botanical Gardens and Marine Sanctuary, lost his home in the earthquake.He wrote a letter endorsing the Haitian Memorial Pyramid Project, Inc and appealing for funds for its realization.

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Edwin MardocheeParaison, Minister of Haitians Living Abroad, (the “10th Department”), endorsed the Haitian Memorial Pyramid Project, Inc. He arranged a press conference with project treasurer Roland Wasembeckand the Haitian Prime Minister August 19th

exploring the proposed site of the haitian memorial pyramid botanical gardens and marine san ctuary
Exploring the proposed site of the Haitian Memorial Pyramid, Botanical Gardens and Marine Sanctuary
solar alignment at the site
Solar Alignment at the Site

Russell Pelle

Roland Wasembeck

august 17 th roland wasembeck held a press conference at the university in cap haitian
August 17th Roland Wasembeck held a press conference at the University in Cap Haitian.

He showed power points introducing the Haitian Memorial Pyramid Project and a report on our March 26 – April 3, 2011 mission to Haiti.

Mr. Wasembeck discussed the project with television and radio reporters. He met with another television station the following day.

mr wasembeck met with haitian prime minister jean max bellerive august 19 th in port au prince
Mr. Wasembeck met with Haitian Prime Minister Jean Max Bellerive August 19th in Port –au –Prince.

Prime Minister Bellerive liked the project and said he could facilitate a meeting with U.N Special Envoy to Haiti Bill Clinton to present the Haitian Memorial Pyramid Project, Inc.

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The Haitian Memorial Pyramid Project, Inc. 2nd Mission to Haiti concluded with a national press conference on August 20th.

Edwin Paraison, Minister of Haitians Living Abroad, called a press conference to support the project.

The press conference was held at the Ministry office, with Roland Wasembeck and Reynold Medina representing the project.

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“Invest in Haiti Forum” Karibe Hotel, Port-au-Prince, Haiti November 29 ,2011

Russell Pelle hands President Martelly

a brochure and explains the ‘How long are you going to be in Haiti?’ Haitian Memorial Pyramid Project

IDB President Luis Moreno

President William Clinton President Michel Martelly

f acebook likes
facebook likes

Marriot International

Travel/Leisure

Organization of American States

Community & Government

Haitian President

MichealMartelly

Caribbean Airlines

United Nations Association, Haiti

Non-Profit Organization

US President

Bill Clinton

National Geographic

Magazine / Society

Ministere de l’

Interieur

GovernmentOrganization

Michelle Obama

First Lady, USA

History Channel

TV Network

Clinton Bush

Haiti Fund

Non-Profit Organization

Doctors Without Borders/Medicins

San Frontiéres

CHOOSE HAITI Retail and Consumer

Merchandise

United Nations

Foundation

Non-Governmental Organization

Sean Penn

Actor/Director

Construction

Product/Service

Shakira

Musician/Band

World Architects

Society/Culture

Haiti World Cup

2014

Professional Sports Team

Yéle Haiti

Non-Profit Organization

Port-au-Prince, Haiti

clear the debris honor the dead
CLEAR THE DEBRISHONOR THE DEAD

Create thousands of jobs!

Develop a tourist attraction!

The Great Pyramid of Egypt was built to honor one man …

The Haitian Memorial Pyramid will honor 300,000

summary of the progress of the haitian memorial pyramid project inc
Summary of the progress of the Haitian Memorial Pyramid Project, Inc.
  • Conceived in Jacksonville, Florida by Russell Pelle several months after the January 12, 2010 earthquake.
  • 1st to hear & support the idea: Roland Wasembeck
  • 1st draft executive summary & sketch of pyramid March 2010.
  • Presented to & supported by Florida State Senator Anthony Hill at a Haitian-American beach party.
  • Executive Board established and project incorporated November 10, 2010.
  • 1st endorsement: Senator Hill Nov. 24, 2010.
  • Discussed with and supported by Jacksonville mayoral candidate Alvin Brown…
  • 1st Mission to Haiti: March 26 – April 3rd, 2011
  • Endorsed by Jacksonville Fl, Mayor Alvin Brown, U.S. Congresswoman Corrine Brown, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson
  • 2st Mission to Haiti: August 6 - 21, 2011. Excellent meetings with Government Ministers, Senators, Port-au-Prince Mayor, Presidential Adviser and Prime Minister. Officials indicate project could be authorized following presentation of more detailed plans and demonstration of fund-raising ability.
  • August 20, 2011 press conference with Minister of Haitians Living Abroad to support the Haitian Memorial Pyramid Project.
  • November 29, 2011 encounter with President Martelly at Invest in Haiti Forum
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www.haitianpyramid.org

A TOURIST ATTRACTION FOR HAITI

tremblement de terre ha tien pyramide comm moratif jardin botanique et sanctuaire aquatique

TREMBLEMENT DE TERRE HAÏTIEN 

PYRAMDE COMMÉMORATIF JARDIN BOTANIQUE  ET 

SANCTUAIRE AQUATIQUE

TREMBLEMENT DE TERRE HAÏTIEN PYRAMIDE COMMÉMORATIF, JARDIN BOTANIQUE ET SANCTUAIRE AQUATIQUE

www.haitianpyramid.org

Haitian Memorial Pyramid Project, Inc

une attraction touristique pour Haïti

Russell Pelle, initiateur et directeur exécutif