A world cultural heritage site recognized by UNESCO since 2017, the wharf was the main port for the disembarking of enslaved Africans in the Americas during the 18th and 19th centuries. Recent work on the archaeological site cost BRL 2 mi.
The head of the Palmares Cultural Foundation João Rodrigues stressed the importance of preserving the memory as a crucial part of the anti-racism struggle.
Acknowledging the historical contributions of black people to the nation's diversity, Minister Anielle Franco expressed concern over prevailing disparities.
This Tuesday (Nov. 20), activists, cultural and religious groups are celebrating Black Awareness Day in Brazil with a number of activities near the statue of Zumbi dos Palmares, in downtown Rio de Janeiro.