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The African Legacy in Central America

This exhibition displays 20 black and white photographs from CAAM's Permanent Collection. The images examine aspects of the African Diaspora in several countries in Central America: Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Panama, contributing to a much needed dialogue on the historical and sociological development of racial identity among its populations of African descent. For over 15 years, African American photographer Tony Gleaton (1948 - 2015) journeyed these lands to document the daily lives of peoples of African descent, capturing images filled with empowerment, ultimate dignity and unsurpassed beauty. This exhibition is a tribute to Gleaton's foresight and dedication and carries a bittersweet significance, given his recent passing in August of 2015.