Afro-Mexicans are Mexicans of African descent. The first Africans that were brought was in 1520’s and slavery was abolished in 1829. The 2020 census allowed for the first time for Afro-Mexicans to self-identify and there were a total of 1.4 million Afro-Mexicans (1.2 percent of the population). The Afro-Mexicans concentrate in Costa Chica of Oaxaca, Guerrero and Veracruz. The African influences are: FOOD- mogo mogo, black eyed beans in guanajates, tamales, aguas frescas; MUSIC AND DANCE- son jarocho and danza de los diablos.
Although Veracruz is thought to have the largest black population in Mexico due to its history as an important slave port, this is no longer the case. The majority of Mexico’s contemporary African descendant population lives in the Costa Chica region, which includes the Caribbean coastal regions of the southern states of Oaxaca and Guerrero.” (minority report).
For Afro-Mexican History and Culture
History- Afro-Mexican - Afropedea
Video Afro-Mexican Part #1- https://youtu.be/Lv4xtcvJIGo
Video Afro- Mexican Part #2- https://youtu.be/qvUBxSdZVkM
Video History and Culture with Henry Gates Jr. - https://youtu.be/Ufut6qxt1ro
Afro-Mexican Music and Dance Resources
Afro-Mexicanos Video- https://youtu.be/Mi92OnIy8XI
(All photos of Afro-Mexicans in Santiago, Tapexla Mexico by Lynn Anyanwu)