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Engraving of “Black [Brazilian] slaves from different nations”, found in Jean-Baptiste Debret’s Voyage Pittoresque et Historique au Brésil (1834-39). About 35% of all the people trafficked out of Africa and to the Americas during the transatlantic slave trade wound up in Brazil. The country abolished the practice of slavery in 1888.

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Dandara was an Afro-Brazilian Woman, Warrior who lived in the 1600s. She was co-founder of Palmares, a run-away slave community (quilombo) that thrived for almost a century. Bravely she fought alongside Zumbi and others defending the freedom of her people and her community. Palmares was eventually overthrown by Dutch and Portuguese colonizers, but rather than return to slavery, Dandara took her own life as an act of resistance.

Educator Charlotte Hawkins Brown on her wedding day in 1912. Founder of the historic Palmer Memorial Institute in North Carolina, Ms. Brown was also one of the invaluable suffragists who worked for black women to have the same equal rights black men and white women were fighting for in the early 20th century. #black_history

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More than 3.5 million slaves were imported captured, enslaved and transported against their will to Brazil during the slavery era, more than to any colony in the Americas. Although the slave trade had been officially outlawed in Brazil in 1831, tens of thousands of slaves continued to be imported kidnapped over the next 50 years.On May 13, 1888, Brazil became the last nation in the western hemisphere to abolish slavery. Today, only Nigeria has a larger black population than Brazil.

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