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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”.
"A ce peuple qu'on voulut a genoux, il fallait un monument qui le mit debout"
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”
Haitian Earthquake Memorial Pyramid, Botanical Garden and Marine Sanctuary
A tourist attraction for Haiti
Russell Pelle, originator & Executive Director
A monument worthy of those who perished in this merciless earthquake could be constructed using debris cleared from areas devastated by the earthquake.
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.
metric tons of debris
must be cleared to
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.
Mass grave site outside Port-au-Prince
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!
mass grave site
and botanical gardens
3rd District, Florida
“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.”
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 . . .
We examined our proposed site
which we discovered was
ideal for the pyramid . . .
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
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
“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
Organization of American States
Community & Government
United Nations Association, Haiti
Magazine / Society
Ministere de l’
First Lady, USA
Doctors Without Borders/Medicins
CHOOSE HAITI Retail and Consumer
Haiti World Cup
Professional Sports Team
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
A TOURIST ATTRACTION FOR HAITI
PYRAMDE COMMÉMORATIF JARDIN BOTANIQUE ET
Haitian Memorial Pyramid Project, Inc
une attraction touristique pour Haïti
Russell Pelle, initiateur et directeur exécutif