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Zulmarie Alverio Ramos

The Ecclesiastical Archive of Puerto Rico states that Celestina was born on 6 April 1787 and was baptized on 22 April 22 by Father José Antonio Espelera of the Catholic Church in the city of San Juan. It should be noted that the Catholic Church provides baptism, marriage, and death records, which are divided into three volumes: those for whites; those for free blacks, also known as morenos libres; and those for the enslaved. According to the marriage archives of the Catholic Church, there is no evidence that Celestina was ever married, and the death certificate dated 18 January 1862 states that she died at the age of seventy-six and was single, domiciled at San Juan, and a parishioner of the Catholic Church.

Celestina s parents were Lucas Cordero and Rita Molina free blacks who lived part of their lives in the Cabildo of San Juan moved to the ...


Alejandro Gortázar

who has been working in several community projects, and was involved in the creation of the NGO Instituto Raíces Afro, was born on 10 September 1967 in Artigas, a city in the northeast department of Uruguay, on the border with Argentina and Brazil. She is an activist who has worked as a preschool teacher, on a local radio program on the Viva FM station, and participated in different cultural activities in Artigas. Since 2013 Gómez has lived in Montevideo together with her husband and children, and has studied law student at the Universidad de la República. She is the daughter of a Afro-indigenous couple who lived in the countryside of a department far from the capital city and who moved to the city of Artigas. Her parents were religious leaders, and therefore she was raised in a home with an umbanda altar. Her mother practiced vencía an Afro indigenous ...


Charles Rosenberg

school teacher and domestic worker, is best known for a poignant and detailed autobiography that provides a window into daily life for the Americans who were stigmatized legally and socially, during the middle of the twentieth century, by their dark complexion.

Sarah Lucille Webb was born in Clio, Alabama, to Elizabeth (Lizzie) Janet Lewis Webb, a schoolteacher, and Willis James Webb, a minister of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church. In her early years she moved with her parents to Troy, Andalusia, Birmingham, Batesville, and Eufala, Alabama. As an itinerant minister ordained by a Methodist church, Reverend Webb was subject to reassignment to a new church at any annual conference, and every one to two years he had to move. The family supplemented his minister's salary by sharecropping cotton and corn and grew field peas, greens, and vegetables for their own use or for sale.

The family ...