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    How Colombia’s Gentrification Is Destroying Its Black History

    Cartagena’s a city built on slavery — literally. Blacks in bondage constructed the city’s iconic fortified walls, and while some estimate that thousands died in the process, their history isn’t so much written as told. Since the abolition of slavery in 1851, Colombia’s made great strides toward integration, but that can include faux colorblindness that only remembers white historical leaders. Meanwhile, historically Black neighborhoods like Getsemaní are seeing an influx of wealthy hipsters, who threaten to drive out locals and their oral histories in favor of new developments and pricey bars.

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