The face of Brazil: Photographic collection provides photos of the black population after the end of slavery

Black Women of Brazil

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Note from BW of Brazil: As understanding of the condition of Brazil’s black population is one of the primary objectives of this blog, I will of course always be intrigued when there is either news or photographic archives that shed more light on the past because these are often times great clues to the present. With this in mind, today I present some great photos and a painting to that portray black life in Brazil in what must have been shortly after the abolition of slavery in 1888. One can only imagine what these people were thinking at the very moment these photos were taken. Perhaps, how they were going to survive that day. Who would end up seeing these photos? Maybe they felt relief to be able to stop and/or sit and take a quick break from a long day. We’ll never know, but if a picture is worth a thousand words, as…

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