Brazil’s only slave memoir gets first Portuguese edition amid hopes to revisit murky past

ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON, Associated Press, 7/20/2015 

Taken from Africa and sold into slavery in Brazil, Mahommah Baquaqua’s tale of escape to freedom in New York is the only known story of its kind, an in-depth, firsthand account of slavery in the South America country.

But few in Brazil are aware of Baquaqua’s biography which, 160 years after it was written, is being published in Portuguese for the first time as momentum builds for the country to examine its complex racial past.

A truth commission was established this year to investigate Brazil’s 350-year period of slavery. Next year, tourists coming for the Olympic Games will be able to walk a pathway marking historical sites such as a mass grave for slaves who died en route from Africa.

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