20 Décembre 2021
Starvation was terrible and died many of them. 10 millions emigrated in the new World and not only. As it wrote "They were more than 10 million Irish people who left their country to reach new horizons. 10 million to make perilous and sometimes deadly journeys, to escape poverty, famine, or simply to try their luck elsewhere…Piled up on unhealthy ships, suffering from disease or hunger… The journeys of these Irish have not always been salutary and have sometimes taken on tragic dimensions.
Such are the stories told by the EPIC Museum, which endeavours to accurately portray the conditions of Irish emigration in all their forms
As a result of this great Diaspora, over 80 Famine memorials have been erected around the world, located in places like Dublin, Liverpool, Sydney, and Toronto. More specifically, monuments in New York City, Philadelphia and Boston all commemorate the event with different visual representations of Irish culture. The multitude of these specific monuments resembles how the narrative of Irish immigration to the United States is limited to the history of the Great Famine. It also shows how “memorial culture” shapes the way in which Irish Americans are represented in society; in “Valuing Immigrant Memories as Common Heritage” by Torgrim Guttormsen, memorial culture is defined as, “how a community has defined its narrative and symbols through monuments […] intended to reflect its identity […] within the society it contributes to,” (Guttormsen, 85). Using both the memorials and the concept of memory culture, this exhibit will examine how certain memorials limit or widen the narrative of Irish immigrants, affecting how they are remembered and represented in society. https://migrationmemorials.trinity