Meadows School of the Arts
Yanga Rediscovered: The First Liberator of the Ame



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Owen Arts Center
6101 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus
Dallas, Texas 75205

Yanga Rediscovered: The First Liberator of the Americas

Owen Arts Center, 6106 Bishop Blvd



With newly uncovered historic documents dating back to the 17th century, the story of Gaspar Yanga – who escaped slavery in Mexico and became the First Liberator of the Americas in 1609 after negotiating demands from the King of Spain – unfolds through interactive and animated videos, folk art, sculptures, murals, stained glass, and documents never before seen by the public. This installation, courtesy of Latino Arts Project, will also demonstrate ties to the African Slave Trade, the AfroMexican experience and African American experience with historical artifacts, photographs and sculptures.


Details about a weekly lecture series and film series that complement the exhibit will be posted at For more information, please email

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