Treze de Maio Museum: a space of black identity and memory in Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul

Hey!!! My lovely Portuguese Teacher Eliane Chalmeres Lives in this State -Rio Grande Do Sul- I automatically want to go to this museum!!! Treze De Maio! The Thirteenth of May is the day when slavery was abolished in Brasil in 1888…Just think about it, that is a whole twenty three years after slavery was abolished in the states!

Black Women of Brazil


Note from BW of Brazil: For five centuries, the nation we know as Brazil has promoted a continuous agenda of erasing the memory and even physical presence of the Afro-Brazilian population. From the brutality, violence, degradation and sexual exploitation of slavery itself to the annihilation of black life in the War of the Triple Alliance (1865-1870) (1) through a plan of whitening the population in a process known as embranquecimento, to every day police violence and black invisibility in the media, being black in Brazil has been a continuous physical, emotional and psychological assault on African descendants in a country that received the most Africans during the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. But even with the ongoing war, there are associations and organizations that attempt to preserve this memory and keep the struggle alive. In the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul we find the Treze de Maio Museum…

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