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Day of Kings print
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Fréderic Mialhe, 1810-1881.
Dia de Reyes.
Havana: Bernardo May, 1853.

In nineteenth-century Cuba, people of African descent were organized in cabildos-associations related to African "nations" or ethnic groups. During the Day of the Kings on January 6 (Epiphany), authorities granted the cabildos permission to celebrate on the streets. This color lithograph of a drawing by Fréderic Mialhe shows Day of the Kings masquerades in Havana's Plaza de San Francisco.

Image no. 1996-608-1

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