Martiniquez Simon Mornet donated a book on children’s history

Simonne Mornet, a founding member of the Devoir de Mémoire Committee, is the author of a book that resonates with current events at a time when France and abroad are reminiscent of the slave trade, slavery, and their abolition.

When one is called Mornet, like the baby born on May 12, 1949 in Vauclin, one already carries within himself from the beginning. Life and death are two aspects of the same existence. Simon’s father died accidentally, shortly before his birth.

The little girl grew up with her mother and her younger brother. After attending vocalin elementary school and then a high school for young girls in Fort-de-France, Simone Mornet went to Paris to study law. He then worked in a notary’s office before handing over his pen to a notary Palace Gazette, Weekly for lawyers and the legal world.


Simon Mornet.

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© Personal Collection Simonne Mornet

Historical headlines in the French press, Palace Gazette Judicial life since 1881 bears witness to major events as well as controversies that have shaken the world of justice. Through the richness of published decisions, it stays with the generation of lawyers and magistrates in their daily lives.

A lawyer by profession, prudent and conscientious, Simon Mornet improved at the age of 12, headquartered in Dowfine. The Palace Gazette In the first district. He was the editor of the weekly and at the same time maintained constant contact with Martinique.

In 1997, Simon Mornet campaigned for the slave trade and recognition of slavery as a crime against humanity. Devoir de Mémoire, a founding member of the committee, is involved in this struggle and at the same time wonders about the necessary transmission of this page of history to the new generation.

I’m not a historian, but I like history, especially Egypt and the great black civilization. That’s how I started telling my grandchildren’s stories.

For Simon Mornet, the desire to write about slavery began with a personal observation. Regularly meeting his daughter and her two grandchildren who live in Paris, he realizes their complete ignorance about this story..

An observation that is not limited to his family. Simon Mornet similarly realizes that many children of West Indian descent do not know their history. This is the case in France but also in Martinique and Guadeloupe.

I have become aware of the ignorance of many of us in this story, of their lack of balance but above all this anger, this fire that has consumed us without understanding the cause. So it has become important for me to address the children and tell their stories, to revive their pride and confidence in the “dominant country”.

As part of the Duty of Memory Committee’s activities, Simon Mornet is considering writing a book on slavery, especially for young people. It will be called “Slavery, a story of heroes: a grandmother to her grandchildren “.

Book cover Simonne Mornet

Cover of Simon Mornet’s book “Slavery, The Story of Heroes: A Grandmother of Her Grandchildren”.

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© Personal Collection Simonne Mornet

The originality of Simon Mornet’s work lies in choosing an unusual angle: a conversation between a grandmother and her grandchildren. It will not be a fiction or a novel, but a story based on the authenticity of a transmission.

In this book, I want to address all the children of the world, not just those who are the descendants of their grandparents slaves or those who were victims of colonization, because that is the history of our humanity.

Simon Mornet, a representative of the Duty of Memory Committee in Paris, has left The Palace Gazette In 2007 and finally moved to Martinique. Deleted as usual, it still takes place on the island in a battle of memories.

Moreover, upon his return, Simon Mornet tackled his manuscript. He writes, deletes, corrects, continues. Her grandmother. The children to whom the book will be addressed are girls and boys from all walks of life whom she meets everywhere every day.

Four years later, when the project was nearing completion, Simon Mornet overcame another aspect of his name. On Monday, February 15, 2021, the young woman died in silence 164 pages of his book.

Simon Mornet through time

Simon Mornet from adolescence to 2021, the date of his death.

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© Personal Collection Simonne Mornet

His relatives took the torch in their hands. “Slavery, a story of heroes: a grandmother to her grandchildren “ Released a few weeks later. Simon Mornet is gone but his dream has come true. He left a book for children from here and elsewhere that works, a history book for the next generation.

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