The Department of Culture Media & Sport gave their early support by negotiating a site with the Royal Parks for the Memorial Garden. Churches Together in England (CTE) which is the leading ecumenical church organisation whose Presidents include the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams and head of the Catholic Church in Britain Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor, have endorsed the work of Memorial 2007 and its efforts to have a permanent memorial to remember enslaved Africans. Memorial 2007 worked closely with CTE's set all free initiative, which was active in marking the bicentenary in 2007. UNESCO has endorsed the project saying "This Memorial is considered as an important contribution for raising public awareness on the history of the slave trade and slavery". It has also said "The project will enforce the objectives of the Slave Route Project concerning the 'breaking the silence' on the subject of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade and slavery."