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Remembering 'Rio's holocaust'

Associated Press

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - The remodeling project at a 19th century home in Rio's old Gamboa district came to an abrupt halt. Laborers digging in the yard to check the foundations had found human bones. Thousands of them.

The homeowner, Ana de la Merced Guimaraes, soon discovered that her house was sitting on the Cemeterio dos Pretos Novos - Portuguese for Cemetery of New Blacks - a crude burying ground for African slaves that historians had thought was lost.

Ten years later, the city wants to preserve the find as a rare window into Brazil's colonial past - and one of the darkest pages of its history.

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