The Wassu Stone Circles of Gambia are our choice for our latest African American and African monuments feature that we post on our blog from time to time. These monuments were selected in honor of Gambia’s national independence day which was celebrated on Feb. 18, 2010. Learn More About the Wassu Stone Circles!
I was reading an article on ebonyjet.com about what foreign languages African American sshould teach their children when I read this paragraph:
“The conservative estimate is that half the population in Brazil is of African descent – which means that Brazil has a black population that is almost three times the size of the African-American population in the United States. Brazil has the largest number of African descendents in the Americas. In the world, Brazil is second only to Nigeria in terms of the number of black people living within its borders.”
I had no idea that there were that many people of African descent located in Brazil so I decided to look into it a little further, enlighten myself and make a point to feature Afro-Brazilians in my next couple of posts on the blog. The first is a photo of a monument/statue dedicated to Zumbi. Zumbi is celebrated as a hero, freedom fighter, and symbol of freedom amongst Afro-Brazilians in Brazil.
Zumbi dos Palmares
(1655 – November 20, 1695)
Zumbi has become a hero of the twentieth-century Afro-Brazilian political movement. November 20th, is celebrated as a day of Black Awareness “Consciência Negra” primarily in Rio De Janeiro. Below you will find some additional resources where you can learn more about the Afro-Brazilian icon.
I wanted to take the time to add some posts to my African American Mounuments Category and decided to select the African American Civil War Monument in Washington, D.C. For many, myself included, who haven’t been to D.C. in years this may be a monument and musuem that you have never heard about and/or never seen. It is a memorial/museum, opened in 1999, for the purpose of educating it’s visitors on the African American’s struggle for freedom during that era. Below you will find a picture of the African American Civil War Memorial as well as links where you can find additional information for those would like to see it in person or learn more about the monument, memorial or museum.
African American Civil War Memorial – Washington, D.C.
Below you will find a picture of a statue of George Washington Carver. This monument resides in Phoenix, Arizona at George Washington Museum and Cultural Center. For the benefit of those that would like to learn more about George Washington Carver, I have also included some links to additional information about one of our scientific icons.
When I took my first trip to Savannah earlier this year for a conference I was surprised when I stumbled upon this monument. It was dedicated to Haitians that fought in the American Revolution that were trying to help free America from the British. I thought it was a beautiful monument and contained historical information that is definitely not widely known. Enjoy and hopefully you’ll get the opportunity to visit Savannah and see it for yourself!