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 Evaristo Muchovela

Evaristo Muchovela

Birth
Mozambique
Death 19 Feb 1868 (aged 37–38)
Wendron, Cornwall Unitary Authority, Cornwall, England
Burial Wendron, Cornwall Unitary Authority, Cornwall, England
Memorial ID 103780009 · View Source
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In 1838, Porkellis miner Thomas Johns was working in Rio de Janeiro and bought a seven-year-old slave boy, Evaristo Muchovela, originally from Mozambique. When illness drove Johns homewards in 1860, he offered the African the choice of staying in Brazil as a free man, or coming to Cornwall to live with him as a paid servant. Evaristo chose Wendron over Rio, but soon after, in January 1861, Johns died of consumption. Alone, in an alien country, Evaristo took lodgings with retired farmer Joseph Gundrey in Porkellis, and went to work for cabinetmaker William Wales in Redruth, who considered his apprentice a first-class workman. Seven years later, Evaristo succumbed to the same disease, and was buried in his former master's grave: ‘distinction's lost and caste is o'er, the slave is now a slave no more.' Inspired by the grave, Helston writer Patrick Carroll wrote the play Evaristo's Epitaph, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2002.


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  • Created by: jwelch
  • Added: 19 Jan 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 103780009
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Evaristo Muchovela (1830–19 Feb 1868), Find A Grave Memorial no. 103780009, citing St Wendrona Churchyard, Wendron, Cornwall Unitary Authority, Cornwall, England ; Maintained by jwelch (contributor 47899105) .