Statue of Benkos Bioho
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San Basilio de Palenque
As I spent the day in San Basilio de Palenque learning about Afro-Colombians and Colombia we spent some time at this touching monument of Benkos Bioho. Bentos Bioho established the community of San Basilio de Palenque some time in the 16th century and a huge part of Afro-Colombian and Colombian culture at large. With the leadership of Benkos people of Palenque were quite successful at freeing African slaves arriving at Cartagena in the 16th century from Spanish control to join one of the 1st communities in the Americas to have free Africans. -- A must see. Contact Alex Rocha to get the tour: rochasabe7@gmail.com
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