The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster presents “Who Are the Cape Verdeans” with Barbara Monteiro Burgo, Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 1pm.
The Archipelago of 10 islands known as the Cape Verde Islands in the Atlantic is approximately 380 miles off the West Coast of Africa, near Senegal. Many who live here on Cape Cod have heard that the cranberry industry was built on the backs of Cape Verdean immigrants especially in places like Harwich, Plymouth and Wareham, however, most don’t know of the early settlements on Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. According to the Nantucket Historical Society, the early Cape Verdean immigrants were recruited by outward bound Nantucket whaleship voyages that stopped at the Cape Verde islands of Brava and Fogo. Some of these crewmen came back to Nantucket, settled on-island and found wives in Nantucket’s African American community.
Join Barbara Burgo for a presentation and discussion on the history of Cape Verdeans on Cape Cod and how a small group of local Cape Verdeans have been educating Cape Cod residents, visitors and school children about the long and amazing journey of many of the earliest Cape Verdeans to these shores.
Barbara Burgo is from Taunton, MA and graduated in 2005 from Rhode Island College with a Major in Cultural Anthropology (Magna Cum Laude) and a Minor in Women’s Studies. In 2012, she returned to her “roots” and served as Curator for a Cape Verdean Summer Exhibit titled So Sabi! (Loosely translated as So Good!) at the Brooks Academy Museum in Harwich
Free with Museum Admission
For more information please call the Museum at 508-896-3867 ext. 133.