African People in Portugal: History and Memory (15th- 21st Centuries)


The aim of this project is to present through images and text, organized into 23 thematic panels based on an historical research with new aspects, the importance and continuity of secular African presence in the country, whose remains an integral part of national heritage.
If the development of knowledge results from the continuous deepening of scientific research and innovation, the disclosure shall require, of course, its disclosure in specialized books and journals but also in various media, whenever possible, adapting codes and languages to achieve an increasingly large audience, arousing interest, criticism and reflection.

Africans in Portugal are the largest community with which the Portuguese have lived for centuries of its history. Organized into seven major themes:
- Africa : A New Merchandise (XV-XVI)
- District Mocambo in Lisbon
- Integration of African (XVI-XIX)
- The Dehumanization of Africans
- African Strategies
- Stays and Removals (XVIII-XX )
- New Dynamics Africa (After 1974)

The exhibition focuses on the most significant issues of the African presence in Portugal.
Since the fifteenth century, different situations have led to the installation of the African country. Slaves, liners, and free their descendants from various groups, nations, generations, many African Portuguese, many immigrants today marked the social and cultural life of Portugal. This unequivocal participation should be studied and shown: this exhibition aims to contribute to publicize this secular structuring reality of our history, our memory and Portuguese society.


Contribute to a more equitable and less biased view towards African populations, using the story elements that highlight the way he was building a diminished vision of the other. The April 25, 1974 This initiated a process of dismantling this phenomenon of refusal, indispensable to the establishment of bases needed to develop harmonious, relationship free from any form of discrimination and promoting dialogue and cooperation in various sectors of society, from the education and training, technologies, productive people between systems.


- Portuguese Committee of the UNESCO project "The Slave Route"


- Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

- Fundação Portugal-África


- Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia

- Camões, I.P.

Research team
  • Author: Profa. Doutora Isabel Castro Henriques
  • Translation: Profa. Doutora Vicky Hartnack
  • Collaboration: Cátia Fernandes, Anna-Paula Ormeche, Joana Sintra