According to the accord signed this Monday, March 2, the local municipal government will also work toward having the building declared a national historical monument. The Tarrafal de São Nicolau concentration camp was created in 1931 in order to temporarily house political prisoners who had taken part in the Madeira Revolt that same year, prior to the construction of the concentration camp in Tarrafal de Santiago in 1936.
The São Nicolau camp was, however, abandoned, with only part of its walls remaining. Minister of Culture Mário Lúcio Sousa explains that the intention is to re-erect the building and turn it into a space for culture, training and education.
“We should take proper care of our architectural patrimony beyond normal political administrative cycles. We’ve been doing this for some time, but we believe that there should be an official public document that obliges future elected officials to continue the work,” stressed the Minister of Culture.