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Remembering Brazil's Chico Mendes

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Remembering Brazil's Chico Mendes

Remembering Brazil's Chico Mendes

Environmental Activist Still Inspires 15 Years After Death

Remembering Brazil's Chico Mendes

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In 1988, Chico Mendes, an environmental activist and union leader in Brazil's Amazon rainforest, was gunned down in his home. On the 15th anniversary of his assassination, Morning Edition looks back at Mendes' legacy through the eyes of Jacqueline Bishop, an American artist who works to keep his memory alive.

Bishop's work was profoundly affected by Mendes' life and philosophy. For many years her vivid and colorful depictions of the flora and fauna of South America incorporated portraits of Mendes. Earlier this year, she traveled back to Brazil with Fred Kasten, of member station WWNO in New Orleans. They toured Mendes' house — the scene of his assassination — which has since been turned into a museum.