What is the role of monuments in the memory of history in Brazil

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Monuments represent the memory of our society. Through them, we know the stories that were left by those who had the power to build a narrative and consolidate it over time. But often, these tributes present only one version of the story, because people, cultures and places have different interpretations, depending on the point of view of who describes the events.

In this episode of Entre Vozes, Luciana Barreto reveals details of how “the myth of Bandeirantes” was born and how historical books and monuments sought to perpetuate the version that they were trailblazing heroes – something that, today, is reason for dispute. For this, we invited the historian and black feminist Angélica Ferrarez de Almeida, who for years has been conducting research on themes such as race, memory and heritage. It helps us to understand the importance of also debating which monuments Brazil has failed to build throughout history, and how this contributes to the invisibility of important characters in the country.

In addition to Angelica, the episode also includes the participation of Cássia Caneco, an educator who coordinated a survey carried out in São Paulo, which aimed to verify how many monuments existed in the city and to whom they were dedicated. According to her, the result is not surprising: “Of the 367 monuments that São Paulo had until September 2020, only five honored black people”.

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