"An estimated 3 million to 5 million Africans were brought to Brazil between the beginning of Portuguese colonization in the 1500s and 1888, when the South American giant became the world's last country to officially abolish slavery. That's roughly six to eight times as many as came to the United States. About half of Brazil's current population is classified as black, compared with around 12% of the United States'.
As director and founder of the ambitious 3-year-old museum, Araujo hopes that his institution will encourage Brazilians of all colors as well as foreigners to recognize how those slaves and their tens of millions of descendants have indelibly stamped their country's culture."
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