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Josephine Baker Is 1st Black Woman Given Paris Burial Honor


PARIS (AP) — The stays of American-born singer and dancer Josephine Baker will probably be reinterred on the Pantheon monument in Paris, making the entertainer who’s a World Warfare II hero in France the primary Black girl to get the nation’s highest honor.

Le Parisien newspaper reported Sunday that French President Emmanuel Macron determined to arrange a ceremony on Nov. 30 on the Paris monument, which homes the stays of scientist Marie Curie, French thinker Voltaire, author Victor Hugo and different French luminaries.

The presidential palace confirmed the newspaper’s report.

After her dying in 1975, Baker was buried in Monaco, wearing a French navy uniform with the medals she acquired for her position as a part of the French Resistance in the course of the conflict.

Baker would be the fifth girl to be honored with a Pantheon burial and also will be the primary entertainer honored.



Josephine Baker holds a rhinestone-studded microphone as she performs throughout her present “Paris, mes Amours” on the Olympia Music Corridor in Paris on Could 27, 1957. 

Holocaust survivor Simone Veil, one among France’s most revered politicians, was buried on the Pantheon in 2018. The opposite girls are two who fought with the French Resistance throughout World Warfare II — Germaine Tillion and Genevieve de Gaulle-Anthonioz — and Nobel Prize-winning chemist Curie.

The monument additionally holds the stays of 72 males.

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Baker grew to become a megastar within the Nineteen Thirties, particularly in France, the place she moved in 1925 as she was looking for to flee racism and segregation in america.

Baker shortly grew to become well-known for her “banana skirt” dance routines and wowed audiences on the Theatre des Champs-Elysees and later on the Folies Bergere in Paris.

She grew to become a French citizen after her marriage to industrialist Jean Lion in 1937.

Throughout World Warfare II, she joined the French Resistance. Amid different missions, she collected data from German officers she met at events and carried messages hidden in her underwear to England and different nations, utilizing her star standing to justify her travels.

A civil rights activist, she took half in 1963 within the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom alongside the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who made his “I Have A Dream” speech.



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