Santo Domingo’s Colonial City was the location for the opening of the new Memorial Museum of Dominican Resistance. President Leonel Fernandez proudly presented the ceremony and reported that the Dominican government invested RD$104 million in the private museum.
The Museum’s mission is to research, organize, catalog, preserve and exhibit the tangible and intangible assets of national heritage related to the facts and consequences of the struggles of several generations of Dominican men and women.
Basically,The Memorial Museum of Dominican Resistance features reconstructions and archives on the thousands who were tortured and killed from 1916 to 1978, and the struggle for freedom waged by Dominicans. Covering mainly the 30 years of the Trujillo dictatorship.
Working closely with the Federation of Patriotic Foundations and the Ministry of Culture’s Museums Department,leading international consultant, US Museum expert Elaine Gurian was the driving force behind the project, and her contribution was invaluable.
The Museum is to be used as an educational tool and is a legacy for the education of new generations and for building a culture of peace based on tolerance, non-discrimination and respect for human rights. This is in fact the first time in the fifty years since the end of the dictatorship that the Dominican State has sponsored a program of this kind.