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New App Helps Visitors Navigate Rio de Janeiro’s African Heritage

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Passados Presentes – Memória da Escravidão no Brasil (Past Gifts - The Memory of Slavery in Brazil), a new, free mobile phone application routes landmarks in Rio de Janeiro helping visitors to tour and learn more about the arrival of African slaves to the city, their lives, deaths, descendants, and their cultural legacies.

Highlighting sites in the city's historic Centro (Downtown) and Port Zone area of Pequena África (Little Africa), the Passados Presentes route features a total of eighteen sites.

The route begins at Mercado de Escravos da Prainha . . .

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