Brazil’s Black History, Uncovered

By Juliana Barbassa

The startling find that revealed a grim and intentionally obscured aspect of the past.

This article is adapted from AQ's print issue on transparency and the 2018 elections | Ler em português

Ana Maria de la Merced was eating lunch at her pest-control business when a construction worker hired to refurbish her home came in talking about bones. 

He was part of a crew working on the 19th-century house she’d just bought with her husband in Gamboa, a neighborhood of tumbledown villas and...

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