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Ota Benga


Who is Ota Benga?

Ota Benga was a Congolese man, an Mbuti pygmy known for being featured in an anthropology exhibit at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis, Missouri in 1904, and in a controversial human zoo exhibit in 1906 at the Bronx Zoo. Benga had been freed from African slave traders by the explorer Samuel Phillips Verner, a businessman recruiting Africans for the Exposition. He traveled with Verner to the United States. At the Bronx Zoo, Benga had free run of the grounds before and after he was "exhibited" in the zoo's Monkey House. Except for a brief visit with Verner to Africa after the close of the St. Louis Fair, Benga lived in the United States, mostly in Virginia, for the rest of his life.

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Google previewFascinating Footnotes from History (2015)

by Giles Milton

Ota Benga is a welldeveloped little man, ...

Google previewWhen Hitler Took Cocaine and Lenin Lost His Brain (2016)

History's Unknown Chapters by Giles Milton

Ota Benga is a well-developed little man, ...

Google previewWhen Lenin Lost His Brain (2015)

Fascinating Footnotes from History by Giles Milton

Ota Benga is a well-developed little man, ...

Google preview“...And Then What Happened?” (2013)

by Victor Kelley

” “Ota benga is a well-developed little man, ...

Google previewAnimal Kingdom (1907)

Ota Benga is a well-developed little man, _ with a good head, bright eyes and a pleasing countenance. _He is not hairy, and is ...

Google previewReforming America: A Thematic Encyclopedia and Document Collection of the Progressive Era [2 volumes] (2017)

by Jeffrey A. Johnson

In the ethnographic villages, physical polarities, such as those between the diminutive Pygmies, Ota Benga prominently among them, and the Patagonian Giants, helped democratize Darwinian theories Cultural and Religious Life | 430.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Disability (2005)

by Gary L Albrecht

Thus, disability studies reports that when African American audiences came face-to-face with “Ota Benga: The Pygmy in the Zoo,” ...

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