Slavery Museum Faces Closure for Lack of Funding in Rio

The Instituto Pretos Novos, Rio’s slave cemetery and free slavery museum, may close this week due to a lack of funding.

By Ciara Long, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Coming into existence when the bones of more than 15,000 slaves were discovered underneath a house in Rio’s port zone, the Instituto Pretos Novos (IPN) is Rio’s free slavery museum.

Although its cultural importance is recognized by UNESCO, the IPN has historically struggled with funding difficulties and this week may be forced to close its doors.

This week the IPN said that the most recent funding cuts from Rio’s municipal government, which occurred halfway through 2016, mean . . .

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