GRANES Quilombo had three courts, in the suburbs of Rocha Miranda, Coelho Neto and Acari, all of them simple, uncluttered and rich in cultural activities beyond those related to carnival. It could not have been any other way with an organization that intended to be not simply a samba school, but also a hub for conviviality, cultural exchange and samba’s original values. All forms of Black cultural manifestations had a place there: jongo, maculelê, capoeira. The history of the Afro-Brazilian people was also an object of his concern. The school brought together sambistas such as Monarco, Nei Lopes, Paulinho da Viola, Wilson Moreira and Roberto Ribeiro, as well as countless others who gave it its great strength.