Cross the River and the Border
Now through Independence Day 2010 head east of the river to the Anacostia Community Museum to see The African Presence in Mexico: From Yanga to the Present. The newly opened exhibit explores the history, culture and art of Afro-Mexicans, and begins in the colonial era and continues to the present day. While Africans represented less than two per cent of colonial Mexico’s (1521-1810) population— they played a significant role influencing Mexican culture. The exhibit highlights discussions of African slavery in Mexico and the hero/slave rebel Yanga and includes paintings, masks, photos and other art works related to the traditions and popular culture of Afro-Mexicans. Visit here to learn more.