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World Cup construction unearths evidence of slave trade


Construction work in Brazil ahead of the World Cup has uncovered evidence of Rio De Janeiro’s involvement in the Atlantic slave trace.

“We’re finding archaeological sites of global importance, and probably far more extensive than what’s been excavated so far, but instead of prioritizing these discoveries our leaders are proceeding with their grotesque remaking of Rio,” said Sonia Rabello, a prominent legal scholar and former city councilwoman.

The city has installed plaques at the ruins of the slave port and a map of an African heritage circuit, which visitors can walk to see where the slave market once functioned. Still, scholars, activists and residents of the port argue that such moves are far too timid in comparison with the multibillion-dollar development projects taking hold.

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Story: Simon Romero, NYT | Photo: Lianne Milton, NYT

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