São Paulo wins statue of samba singer Madrinha Eunice

Dancing, with a full skirt, turban, necklaces and bracelets. This is how it is portrayed, in a bronze sculpture approximately 1.70 m high and 60 cm wide, the samba singer Madrinha Eunice, honored with a statue inaugurated last Saturday (2), in Praça da Liberdade, in the center of Sao Paulo.

Sambista and activist of the black movement, Deolinda Madre became known as Madrinha Eunice for baptizing dozens of children. She was the founder of the Sociedade Recreativa Beneficente Esportiva of the Lavapés Pirata Negro Samba School, the oldest in São Paulo still in activity, and is considered a symbol of São Paulo’s carnival.

He left his hometown, Piracicaba, in the interior of São Paulo, and went to São Paulo at the age of 12. He went to live in Liberty. There, she founded Lavapés, which celebrates 85 years in 2022, making her a great figure for the neighborhood. Due to its importance and for being symbolic for the black community, the place was chosen for the installation of the work, the first to be installed there in honor of black personalities.

This first work inaugurated is part of the project of the Department of Historical Heritage (DPH), of the Municipal Department of Culture, which honors black personalities of São Paulo’s culture. The creations were also made by black artists. The sculpture by Madrinha Eunice was produced by Lídia Lisboa, creator of a work of sociopolitical action.


Granddaughter of Madrinha Eunice, Rosemeire Marcondes spoke of her grandmother’s importance to samba. “She is the history of São Paulo samba, the matriarch of all samba schools. This for us is very important. Not to mention the black people in the Liberdade neighborhood, which was forgotten when Japan immigrated to the Liberdade neighborhood, where people thought that freedom was because of Japan and, in fact, the Liberdade neighborhood is because of the blacks. It is a great honor, especially for São Paulo”, said Rosemeire.

A black woman ahead of her time, Madrinha Eunice fought for the best, completes the sambista’s granddaughter. “She was always looking for her independence at that time, there was a lot of discrimination against women in general. She was a black woman who wanted to change all that and for us it’s very gratifying. She was a great woman, who fought for her independence and worked alone in her lemon stalls. She left this legacy for us to continue with the same pride and determination that she had”, said Rosemeire, who presided over Lavapés for 23 years and is currently the honorary president of the samba school.

For the Municipal Secretary of Culture, Aline Torres, the statue is a tribute to São Paulo’s samba. “By bringing these figures, we add diversity and representativeness to the municipal collection and extol the diverse experiences of our population. In addition, we honor the samba of São Paulo, cultural and intangible heritage of our city since 2013″, she justified.

Geraldo Film

The second work to be installed is that of Geraldo Filme, portrayed standing, looking at the horizon, with his right hand in his pants pocket, pulling out a newly composed samba to sing, and with his left hand holding a microphone to sing to the public.

The inauguration of the sculpture by sambista Geraldo Filme will be on April 21, at Praça David Raw, in the Santa Cecília neighborhood, downtown São Paulo.

The DPH project had its first sculpture delivered in December 2021, in tribute to the singer Itamar Assumpção, and is located at the Penha Cultural Center. Two more works are planned for this year, with no opening date yet, honoring the writer Carolina Maria de Jesus and the athlete Adhemar Ferreira da Silva.

Translated to english by RJ983

From Brazil, by EBC News