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Brazilian port where slaves arrived close to UNESCO status

The worn paving stones discovered under a thick layer of modern concrete in Rio de Janeiro don't look like much at first. But it was here that some million slaves from Africa took their first steps in Brazil. "It's a unique memorial, containing the last remaining vestiges of the slaves' arrival," said anthropologist Milton Guran. Next week, the UN cultural body UNESCO will consider whether to award what's known as Valongo Wharf world heritage status, winning protection as a site of global importance.
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