In spite of the fact that it's difficult to come across a positive story concerning dark slaves, some of them are very appalling.
Escrava Anastacia's memoirs serve as a good example of what not to do. Anastacia was a black slave in Brazil during the late 1800s and early 1900s.
While she was still alive, everyone were well aware of how great she was. Unfortunately for everyone else, her greatness ended up being the source of her misery.
In 1740, she was sold into slavery and sent to Brazil with a group of over a hundred other slaves.
Delminda was assaulted after she was purchased by her white owner and afterwards given to another owner, Joaquina Pompeu.
When she was sold a second time, she was eight months pregnant with her second child, Anastacia. On March 5, around the middle of the nineteenth century, Delminda gave birth to Anastasia. She was a prominent member of the group of black women with blue eyes that were introduced into the world.
Her majesty won her a slew of fans, among them the slave owner's son, Joaquin Antonio.
After a while, white women became envious of her beauty and forced her owners to make her wear a veil to hide her radiance.
As punishment for Anastacia's refusal to consent to Joaquin's advances, he battered her and forced her to wear an iron cover for the rest of her life.
Even more importantly, that was the only way she could live with the blanket covering her completely. According to her, she only did this when she was hungry, which was around twice a day.
Anastacia wore the veil for a long time and treated everyone with kindness and affection.
Anastacia was a role model for other slaves despite her torturous treatment for illness. She persevered in the face of adversity by mending the broken and inspiring hope for the future.
The fact that she didn't fight against the slave veil, which would have been incredibly embarrassing in the best case scenario and agonizing even in the worst case scenario, shows how well she handled everyone else.
The metal on the lid corroded with time, and she eventually died of lockjaw after surviving for a few years and being exposed to a few more obscure drugs.
She reportedly forgave her owners for the abuse before she died, according to rumors. She was rumored to have healing abilities from another world, and she even cured her owner's sick child.
After she died, her owner renounced her as a slave. Slave graveyards in Rio de Janeiro and the Church of Rosario were used to bury her. Whatever was left of her ended up in the ashes of a fire.
She was transformed into a saint in the eyes of many, who saw her as a symbol of compassion and forgiveness. People flock to Vas Lobo, Rio, to worship a sculpture and a special place.
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