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Louis Ensch

Louis Ensch (1895-1953) was born in Redange-sur-Attert and moved to Brazil in 1927, where he became the general director of Belgo Mineira until 1953.

Historical Cemetery of Monlevade

The Historical Cemetery of Monlevade, also known as the Cemetery of the Slaves, was entirely built by the Jean de Monlevade's slaves in the 19th century. There, the two European engineers Jean de Monlevade and Louis Ensch are buried next to each other. This private cemetery belongs to ArcelorMittal and is maintained by the company as a historical monument of its corporate history.

Jean Antoine Félix Dissandes de Monlevade

Jean de Monlevade (1791-1872) was a French engineer who moved to Brazil in 1817. He settled in Minas Gerais, where he exploited the State's vast iron ore reserves near the Piracicaba river, with over 100 slaves. The Monlevade family lived in the Fazenda Solar, which was acquired by Belgo Mineira in the 1920s. Belgo Mineira decided to call its industrial town João Monlevade in his honour.

Afonso Torres da Silva

Afonso Torres da Silva (Afonsinho) was born in João Monlevade and is fascinated by the history of his hometown.