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MOORS & EUROPE

Header: Cantigas de Santa Maria (Thirteenth century).

Top row: (1) Statue of the African knight St. Maurice, located at Magdeburg Cathedral (2) Alessandro dei Medici, Duke of Florence, son-in- law of the Emperor Charles V. (3) Johannes Morus, vizier of Sicily, ca. 1100 CE. (4) Chevalier De Saint-Georges  (1745-1799), Black composer in 18th century France.

Bottom row: (1) Alexandre Sergeivich Pushkin (1799-1837). Known as the “Father of Russian Literature.” (2) There are many Moors on coats-of-arms of medieval European families.(3) The Black Bashi-Bazouk by Jean-Léon Gérôme, ca. 1869. (4) Statue of Saint Benedict the Moor in the Franciscan church in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

Statue of a Blackamoor holding a Habsburg Coat of Arms.

Images above: (1) Descendants of black governors of Ecuador, c.a. 1599. (2) Dido Elizabeth Belle (left). It is said that this girl helped to put an end to the barbaric slave trade. (3) Painting of the African St. Maurice, the Knight of the Holy Lance. (4) Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870) is a celebrated Black French author best known for his historical adventure novels, The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo. His grandmother was a former Haitian slave.

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