May 15, 2012

Afro Puerto Rico: The Islands Ties to Slavery

For many years, the Black history of Puerto Rico was omitted from Puerto Ricos history books. Thats why, El Museo de Nuestra Raiz Africana (the Museum of our African Roots), located in Plaza San Jose of the Old San Juan, highlights the African heritage of the island through paintings, artifacts, documents and photos.

Drums used in the African derived sounds of Bomba and Plena are on display along with local Afro-Puerto Rican art, such as the masks used in the music festivals of the historically Black town of Loiza. These artifacts show how the modern festivals, customs and cuisines trace their roots back to Africa. Orlando Abreo, guide of the museum, explains how Puerto Ricans are becoming more conscious and accepting of their African heritage.

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    Proud member of the African Diaspora.
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    As a Puerto Rican, I think this is brilliant and long-overdue.
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