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This Brazilian city is home to a US Civil War colony. It banned racist symbols at its annual Confederate festival.

Lifestyle & Belief

The Brazilian town of Santa Bárbara d’Oeste is known for one thing above all — its annual Confederate festival. Descendants of thousands of people who emigrated to Brazil from the US South after they lost the Civil War celebrate their American heritage. Typically, the Confederate flag stands out. But recently, the City Council voted to ban the flag because of its racist symbolism.

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Arts, Culture & Media

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