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African Presence in Mexico ~ May 9

Date: Tuesday, 5 May 2009, 3:14 pm
The Oakland Museum of California presents The African Presence in México: From Yanga to the Present, a look at the little-known history of enslaved Africans brought to Mexico in the 1500s and their contributions to Mexican culture. Organized by the National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, the exhibition opens May 9 and continues through Aug 23, 2009.

For nearly 500 years the existence and influence of the African descendants in Mexico have been overlooked. The African Presence in México: Yanga to the Present traces how Africans---less than two per cent of colonial Mexico's (1521-1810) opulation---significantly enriched Mexican culture through their art, music, language, cuisine, and dance.

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