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Out dancer Josephine Baker becomes first Black woman interred at the Pantheon in Paris

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Out American-born dancer Josephine Baker will be the first Black woman – and the sixth woman ever – to be interred at the Pantheon in Paris, one of the highest postmortem honors in France.

Baker, who was born in poverty in Missouri, dazzled France as a dancer when she first arrived in Europe in the 1920s, worked for the resistance as a spy during the Second World War, and built her “Rainbow Tribe” – her, her fourth husband Jo Bouillon, and their 12 adopted children of different ethnicities – in a chateau after the war while campaigning for civil rights. FOR MORE

From France24:
“Josephine Baker – Greatest Hits”:

“The Josephine Baker Story” – 1991 TV movie:


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