Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is an enormous, sprawling city with lots of stories to tell. Today, he told me stories about his history!
O Museu de Arte do Rio
Address: Praça Mauá, 5 – Centro, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 20081-240. 10am-5pm
The Rio Museum of Art is always a pleasure to visit! The curators often choose exhibits that represent Brazils wide range of cultures and customs.
The downstairs breezeway has a Bright, vibrant miniaturized section of Rio!
This exhibit is a representation of how many Black women are robbed of their senses and ability to speak by a Brasil that is progressing towards becoming a world respected superpower, but only as its forced to slowly, with begrudging enlightenment to admit to and be held accountable for its institutionalized racism.
Brasil had a beautiful future ahead, as it reconciles with its past.
This sculpture reminds me of the motto my friends and I live by, “Each One Teach one!”
There is also a section by Universidade Indígena Aldeia Maracanã dedicated to the almost-eradicated Native Brazilians. The people who were here before colonization or slavery.
I don’t understand these exhibits, I just enjoy them.
A mural at the top!
O Museu do Amanhã
Address: Praça Mauá, 1 – Centro, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 20081-240
The Museum of Tomorrow is fun and educational! The best part is that most of the exhibits are self-explanatory and interactive. My camera didn’t adequately capture this image. It’s a high-resolution digital picture.
This isn’t a picture at all, below is a bolt of fabric being moved and manipulated mid-air!
Cemitério dos Pretos Novos
Address: R. Pedro Ernesto, 32/34 – Gambôa, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 20220-350
1pm – 7pm
The Institute For New Blacks is a monument to the dead. Yes, you must go see it.
The Guimarães family noticed that as they were renovating their house and the earth was moved, that there were bones in the dirt. Not a few random bones, but lots and lots of human bones.
They discovered a mass grave; an unmarked an unremarkable deathpile.
Its where 26 of the 4.9 million enslaved Africans in Brazil dating back to the year 1501 were left to rot in a shallow pit. Bones from some as young as 3 years old to others just over 25. Dead Blacks from Africa had been dumped when they were of no use, without even so such as a grave marker.
The Guimarães family has been gracious, they turned the building into a monument in order to allow people to view the remains, as well as hold information sessions there at the museum.
Instituto dos Pretos Novos is a monument to the Africans who died as soon as they arrived in Brasil as slaves. Some of the heartache, some in acts of defiance/rebellion, and others from disease. It’s located near the docks, where the captured slaves were dragged onto the shores of Brasil.
Visiting this monument should be the last stop on anyone’s visit to Rio. So that no matter what you came to the city, that you leave with a sense of the level of injustice and murder that it was founded on so that we can always appreciate the progress we must still make as a global society.
The monument relies entirely on donations because the family refuses to charge an admission fee.
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