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Josephine Baker: Dancer, WWII spy and civil rights activist honoured at France’s Pantheon

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Josephine Baker was an American-born French entertainer, French Resistance agent and civil right activist. Her career was centered primarily in Europe, mostly in her adopted France. Wikipedia


June 3, 1906, St. Louis, Missouri, United States


 April 12, 1975, University Hospitals Pitié Salpêtrière – Charles Foix, Paris, France


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Joséphine Baker will be the first black woman to be honored by the French government with a place in the Pantheon.

President Emmanuel Macron has decided that she will be buried in the Parisian building, a monument to France’s national heroes and where some of its most revered historical figures are buried, in response to a significant demand.

Josephine Baker: Dancer, WWII spy and civil rights activist honoured at France’s Pantheon

The cabaret star will be the first black woman to be interred in France’s Pantheon – a historic building in Paris which is a monument to national heroes.

But a coffin carrying land from the United States, France and Monaco – places where Baker made his mark – will be laid inside the Pantheon monument on Tuesday.

In addition to honoring an exceptional figure in French history, this decision aims to send a message against racism and to celebrate American-French ties.


But critics in France say that by focusing on a figure born in the United States, France is continuing a long tradition of speaking out against racism abroad without facing it at home.

Laurent Kupferman, the author of the petition said: “Above all, she embodies the freedom of women.”

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