Valongo Wharf, a Rio port where slaves arrived, added to list of UNESCO World Heritage sites

first_img Related MAURO PIMENTEL/AFP/Getty Images(RIO DE JANEIRO) — The Valongo Wharf in Rio de Janeiro has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site.According to the United Nations’ cultural organization, the old stone wharf is in the former harbour area of the Brazilian city where nearly 1 million African slaves are estimated to have arrived, beginning in 1811.“The physical site is composed of several archaeological layers, the lowest of which consists of floor pavings in pé de moleque style, attributed to the original Valongo Wharf,” according to a description on UNESCO’s website. “It is the most important physical trace of the arrival of African slaves on the American continent.”Remains of the wharf were first discovered during excavation work in 2011.Transatlantic slave trade was banned in 1831, but it continued until slavery was abolished in 1888, according to BBC. Thousands of slaves who did not survive the journey across the Atlantic were buried in a cemetery near the Valongo Wharf from 1770 to 1830, BBC reports.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

Teen charged in shooting death of 17-year-old student at Alabama high school

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) — The shooting death of a 17-year-old girl at a high school in Birmingham, Alabama, on Wednesday has led to criminal charges against the suspect, prosecutors said Friday.Michael Jerome Barber, 17, was charged with manslaughter and certain persons forbidden to possess a pistol for “bringing a pistol onto the campus of Huffman High and recklessly causing the death” of Courtlin Arrington, the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office said in a press release.Further information about the case was not released.A 17-year-old boy was also shot and survived the shooting that occurred during dismissal at the high school, police said. He was taken to a hospital where he was treated and released, police said.Peter Williston of the Birmingham Police told ABC News Thursday that the cause of the shooting remained under investigation. The gun involved was recovered, police added.Arrington was a high school senior and an aspiring nurse, the district attorney’s office said.“Our hearts go out to the family of Ms. Arrington, all of her friends and those whose lives would have been changed through her nursing dreams had this event not occurred,” the district attorney’s office said in a statement Friday. “This is a parent’s worst nightmare.”Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said on Twitter, “I’m praying for the family of this young lady who tragically lost her life way too early.” Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more