Profile of the Day: Zumbi dos Palmares
Today, Brazil celebrates Dia da Consciência Negra. On this day, the Brazilian people reflect upon the injustices of slavery and celebrate the contributions Brazilians of African descent have made to society. The day is marked by the anniversary of the death of Zumbi dos Palmares, the last leader of the Quilombo dos Palmares, a settlement of black slaves who had escaped from farms, prisons and Brazilian slave quarters. Considered a national hero of Brazil, Zumbio refused to accept freedom for the Quilombodo dos Palmares while all other Africans remained enslaved. He is remembered as a symbol of freedom for his courage, sacrifice and resistance against slavery.
Zumbi dos Palmares’ family tree is not yet connected to the world family tree. Check out his profile to learn more about this fascinating time of Brazilian history!