Archaeological dig at historic slave site opens window to race relations in Rio
The city of Rio de Janeiro is known for having a diverse culture and vibrant mixture of backgrounds and lifestyles. Or so it seems. An archaeological dig at the Cais do Valongo, or Valongo Wharf, is uncovering artifacts that provide a view into Brazil's race history.
Tania Andrade Lima, head archaeologist from the Rio National Museum, says African slaves first came to the Cais do Valongo in the early 17th century. More Africans were shipped to Brazil than to the United States to to work in slavery and Brazil was the last country in the Americas to abolish slavery.
Stories told by workers at the Cais do Valongo dig show what life is like now for some descendants of those African slaves.
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Cassandra Hom is a senior majoring in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in sociology and international studies at Penn State University. She is a reporter for ComRadio, the Penn State student-run radio station that features news and sports. Additionally, she is also a reporter and producer for the Centre County Report. Cassandra is currently a production intern for the Pennsylvania Cable Network. Recently, she returned from an international reporting trip in Brazil for the McClatchy news service. In May 2012, Cassandra will graduate from Penn State and then pursue a career in television production.