Ague Cemetery

In the nineteenth century, Ague, in the south of Benin near the border with Togo, was home to many Aguda, especially two families who were instrumental in shaping the region: the Olympio family and the Almeida family. The most prominent member of the former family, descended from Francisco Olympio da Silva, who was involved in the latter years of the slave trade, went on to become the first president of Togo, a country where the family is still very influential. Meanwhile, Joaquim d’Almeida is known in Ague and neighboring Togo for having introduced manioc (cassava) to the region.

The “Brazilian” presence is well represented in the city’s old cemetery, where most of the tombstones from the nineteenth and early twentieth century bear names or surnames of Brazilian origin and epitaphs in Portuguese. 


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  • Túmulo de Odette Akpé Freitas, née Germa (1942-1977) - 1995 - Cemitério de Aguê, Benim

    Túmulo de Odette Akpé Freitas, née Germa (1942-1977) - 1995 - Cemitério de Aguê, Benim

  • Túmulo de Francisca Olympio (1863-1938) - 1995 - Cemitério de Aguê, Benim

    Túmulo de Francisca Olympio (1863-1938) - 1995 - Cemitério de Aguê, Benim

  • Túmulo de Antonio José da Costa, nascido no Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, em 1833, e falecido em Aguê, em 1939 (sic) - 1995 - Cemitério de Aguê, Benim

    Túmulo de Antonio José da Costa, nascido no Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, em 1833, e falecido em Aguê, em 1939 (sic) - 1995 - Cemitério de Aguê, Benim

  • Túmulo de Marie Francisca Kokou - 1995 - Cemitério de Aguê, Benim

    Túmulo de Marie Francisca Kokou - 1995 - Cemitério de Aguê, Benim

  • Túmulo de Augustinho F. José Gonçalves (1863-1938) - 1995 - Cemitério de Aguê, Benim

    Túmulo de Augustinho F. José Gonçalves (1863-1938) - 1995 - Cemitério de Aguê, Benim

  • Túmulo de Madaleina Domingo da Sylva (1892-1952) - 1995 - Cemitério de Aguê, Benim

    Túmulo de Madaleina Domingo da Sylva (1892-1952) - 1995 - Cemitério de Aguê, Benim