Magazine article ReVista (Cambridge)

A View of Afro-Diasporic History from Colombia

Magazine article ReVista (Cambridge)

A View of Afro-Diasporic History from Colombia

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THE MUNTU BANTU, A MEMORIAL MUSEUM AND CULTURAL CENTER IN Quibdo, Chocó, on Colombia's Pacific coast region, seeks to work "for the study, promotion and diffusion of the Afro-Colombian culture, and the advancement and improvement of the living conditions of Afrodescendant populations." Working from an "Afrogenetic and Afrocentric" perspective, it proposes to look for the union of human beings among cultural diversity, serving both as a cultural center for the Chocoan population and an educational center for the Colombian society as a whole on the history of the country's African diaspora.

The center was imagined, designed and built piecemeal over many years by the Chocoan historian Sergio Mosquera, professor at the Universidad Tecnológica del Chocó. The mural at the entrance depicts black Colombian politicians and Independence heroes from Latin America and the Caribbean. A film room, where movies are frequently played for the community, showcases internationally famous black singers and movie stars. With three floors and multiple thematic rooms, the museum is dedicated to topics going from the slave trade in the Americas and the symbolism of the African and Chocoan fauna myths, to those of slavery, gold mining and armed conflict-related violence on the Pacific coast of Colombia. …

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