In 1999, Ari Nicolas told the couple that he had a vision of their future: Memory Village. Ari, who’d discovered that his last name reflected not his African heritage, but his great-grandfather’s French enslaver, envisioned a slavery theme park, a walk back into the past where the first stop would be the world before colonization, including both the African and Native American empires that the colonists had destroyed.
Visitors to Memory Village would decide whether they wanted to be spectators or participants during a twelve-hour day. The latter would receive traditional African clothing and then be mock-kidnapped from their homelands, shackled, chained and forced to march to the slave ship (resting on a real stream), where they’d be piled in as cargo for the crossing of the Atlantic. Once the ship reached the New World, the participants would be brought to market and sold, then broken down in the quarantine and put to work out on the plantation. Near the end of the day, a slave rebellion would start, a rebellion that would eventually lead to the establishment of Haiti.
Or if you really want to feel dehumanized you can just go to the nearest Six Flags. More on the
mother of bad ideas slavery theme park including maps can be found here. It looks like they’re still welcoming investors so act fast if you want to be on the ground floor of Haiti’s burgeoning tourist industry.