5 January 2013

Angola: Elevating Former Slave Prison to Historic Monument Suggested

Baía Farta — The former slave prison, dubbed Cambongue Inglês, in Dombe Grande commune, southern Benguela province, may be turned into a historic monument, under a proposal of the local Culture delegate, José Graça Tadeu.

The source said that the mentioned prison was constructed in the 18th century to accommodate detainees, mainly those of the central and south regions of Angola in order for them to be transported to Cuio Port and later to the American continent.

Data reveals that more than two million slaves passed through the former prison of Cambongue Inglês, with capacity for 3,000 men.

"Due to the consequences slavery caused to humanity, Cambongue Inglês prison should be elevated to the category of national or maybe world cultural heritage", Graça Tadeu said.

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