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Monumento Mãe Preta

In the square of the Largo do Paiçandu neighborhood of São Paulo stands a statue of an Afro-Brazilian woman breastfeeding an infant child. Look closely, and you’ll notice the faraway look on the woman’s face.

The solemnity of this statue is intentional. Monumento Mãe Preta (The Black Mother Monument) represents a heartbreaking reality that was suffered by thousands of Afro-Brazilian women who were kept as slaves and known as the “black mothers.”

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