Dealing with the past of slavery in the old port of Rio de Janeiro (2010–2019). Public policies, local reappropriations, and memoryscape

By Jérôme Souty


These last years, in the old port neighborhoods of Rio de Janeiro, some historical sites and archaeological remains of the Atlantic slave trade have been officially recognized and awarded heritage status. These sites have also been the subject of many interventions and popular reappropriations. In the absence of an effective memory policy at the national level, a local memoryscape of slavery has recently emerged.


  • Rio de Janeiro
  • Old port area
  • Slavery
  • Heritage
  • Memoryscape
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