Lavagem do ouro, Minas Gerais, 1880. (Foto: Marc Ferrez/Acervo Instituto Moreira Salles).

I swear I get disturbed when I think these men could be related to me. We’ll never know. (My grandpa was born circa 1900 in Minas Gerais, one of these young men could be his father. All I know for sure is that I have greatgrandparents who were slaves in Minas.)