Casa de los Contrafuertes/Museo de Nuestras Raíces Africanas San Juan, PR
dedicated to the exploration of West Africa’s cultural influences in Puerto Rico’s social fabric
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Located in Plaza San José on San Sebastián Street, the Casa de los Contrafuertes or House of Buttresses is host to the African Heritage Museum. This museum is dedicated to the exploration of West Africa’s cultural influences in Puerto Rico’s social fabric. Here, nine exhibit halls are chronologically arranged with historical artifacts that explore this relationship, from musical instruments and masks to documents from the past eras and artwork . One of the main exhibits replicates the experience of slaves being brought into the island by ship. The building is considered one of the island’s oldest colonial residences.
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