Once she was known in Kalmar, Mazhar Makatemele, the first black woman in town, perhaps throughout Småland. She had been captured by slave hunters in South Africa and taken to Sweden. Here she got the name “Black Sara”.
“Kafferkvinnan Sara” stands on her tombstone where she is buried at Södra Kyrkogården in Kalmar.
Until recently, she was completely forgotten, but Rafaela from Brazil, who grew up in Kalmar, sees the tombstone and looks for “Black Sara’s” history.
“We thought it was a tribe or something she came from, but then we were told that this “coffee”, that’s a bastard,” says Berne Gustavsson, who works at the cemetery.
Today, more than 200,000 Afro Swedes live in Sweden, and many can testify about exclusion and about being the first or only black person in the city they were growing up in or the class they were in.