Yes, there are Black folks that were born in Mexico.
I have been described as an “Afro-Latino” though I don’t think that really fits. I am Black (on my mother’s side) and Mexican (on my father’s side) I am not a Black Mexican. There are plenty of Black people that were born in Mexico. I am not one of them.
I do, however, have an appreciation for Black people in the diaspora. That’s why for our 5 year anniversary this year I’m considering a trip to Mexico! I’ve always wanted to go.
Canto a los héroes by José Gordillo. Left to right – el ultimo gobernante mexica Cuauhtemoc; el negro Yanga quien en busca de su libertad bajó de Veracruz y fundó su propio pueblo; la poetisa Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz; los insurgentes Joaquín Fernández de Lizardi, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, Vicente Guerrero, José María Morelos y Javier Mina; de la época de la Reforma Benito Juárez y Melchor Ocampo; los revolucionarios Ricardo Flores Magón, Felipe Ángeles, Guadalupe Rodríguez, Emilíano Zapata, Francisco Villa, Austreberta Rentería (esposa de Villa) y el general Lucio Blanco, y por último en el extremo derecho, el presidente Lázaro Cárdenas, a quien se debe la expropiación petrolera en 1938.
On my list:
Mexico City (Mexican history) – Moneda 4 Centro, Cuauhtémoc, DF, Mexico +52 55 3688 1261
Veracruz (Yanga and Olmec heads) – “African Black liberator and precursor of the black slaves who founded the town of San Lorenzo de Cerralvo (now Yanga) by agreement of the viceroy of New Spain, Rodrigo Pacheco, on the third day of October 1631 by order of the viceroy’s pen.Village Captain Hernando of Castro Espinosa H. Ayuntamento Constl. 1973-1976.”
Oaxaca (Black people) – There isn’t much to see (or so they say) but I’m looking forward to walking around and seeing what there is to see. If there is time I might even try to stop by Black Box.
Bonampak (Mayan frescoes) – These frescoes, preserved for over a thousand years, give account of certain historical events in pictures.
Gaspar Yanga is a national hero in Mexico. He was enslaved and brought to Mexico. He ran away, fought the Mexican government, created a town (Yanga) where other ex-enslaved Africans could live and eventually settled with the Mexican government for freedom for all of Yanga’s inhabitants.
I can’t wait to visit.