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Check your knowledge . . .

What was the first free African community in the Americas?

  • San Basilio de Palenque, Cartagena, Columbia, or Palenke.

  • Palenke was granted its freedom from Spain in 1691.

  • Palenke now has a population of about 3,500.


What plants are related to Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus)?

  • Okra belongs to the Mallow or Malvaceae plant family

  • Other relatives: cotton, poppy mallow, hibiscus

  • Okra, a tropical plant, can be eaten raw, pickled or cooked

What are the key ingredients of Pikliz?

  • Pikliz (piklese) is a popular Haitian condiment made with:

  • Scotch bonnet peppers, cabbage, grated carrots, onion

  • Distilled white vinegar

  • Thyme, cloves, lime

Where is the Museum of the African Diaspora?

  • 685 Mission Street, San Francisco, California, USA

  • MoAD celebrates Black cultures through exhibits/education.

  • MoAD is a contemporary art museum of the African Diaspora.

Who was Benkos Biohó?

  • In 1619, Benkos Biohó created a community of escaped slaves.

  • The community became known as San Basilio de Palenque.

  • A community of escaped slaves it is near Cartagena Columbia.

  • In 2005, UNESCO gave the community special cultural status.


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