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Poster advertising the Somalian Park at Jardin Zoologique
Paris in 1890, author Boudissan, [Public Domain]

"Deep Racism: The Forgotten History Of Human Zoos"
" Only decades before, in the late 1800′s, Europe had been filled with, “human zoos,” in cities like Paris, Hamburg, Antwerp, Barcelona, London, Milan, and Warsaw. New York too saw these popular exhibits continue into the 20th century. There was an average of 200,000 to 300,000 visitors who attended each exhibition in each city."

“Europe’s Forgotten History: From Human Zoos to Human Trophies Displayed in Museums Today,” by Garikai Chengu, from Counterpunch
“Global outrage was sparked when the Zimbabwean lion, Cecil was killed as a trophy; but to this day, Britain and America continue to display in museums human remains that are human trophies of their massacres and subjugation of indigenous populations.”

“The Human Zoo,” USI Understanding Slavery Initiative
“The exhibition of 'human curiosities' had been an essential component of travelling fairs and carnivals in Europe from the Middle Ages. As advances in the technology of navigation in the early 16th century put Europeans in touch with human communities all over the globe, the non-Western world became an important source of such exhibits.”

Human Zoos.Net

The Human Zoo: Science’s Dirty Secret

"Human zoos: When Real People were exhibits,"
by Hugh Schofield BBC News, Paris
"What started as wide-eyed curiosity on the part of observers turned into ghoulish
pseudo-science in the mid-1800s, as researchers sought out physical evidence
for their theory of races."

Human Zoos [Wikipedia]

Norway to Restage 1914 ‘Human Zoo’ that Exhibited Africans as Inmates
“As part of mammoth celebrations of the 200th anniversary of Norway’s
constitution, the government is funding two artists to re-enact a "human zoo",
which will open to the public on 15 May. Oslo’s original human zoo or Kongolandsbyen was central to Norway’s world fair in 1914. The artists claim that the new project, which they named European Attraction Limited, is meant to provoke a discussion on colonialism and racism in a post-modern world, engaging with Norway’s racist past in the process.”

“The Scandal at the Zoo, by Mitch Keller,”
The New York Times
[The City], August 6, 2006
“The new resident of the Monkey House was, indeed, a man, a Congolese pygmy
named Ota Benga. The next day, a sign was posted that gave Ota Benga’s
height as 4 feet 11 inches, his weight as 103 pounds and his age as 23. The sign concluded, “Exhibited each afternoon during September.”

13 Shameful Pictures of Europeans Placing African People in Human Zoos,
from Atlanta BlackStar

“UNCOVERED: The Haunting ‘Human Zoo’ of Paris,” By Messy Nessy
“In 1907, six different villages were built in the Jardin d’Agronomie Tropicale, representing all the corners of the French colonial empire at the time– Madagascar, Indochine, Sudan, Congo, Tunisia and Morocco. The villages and their pavillions were built to recreate the life and culture as it was in their original habitats. This included mimicking the architecture, importing the agriculture and appallingly, inhabiting the replica houses with people, brought to Paris from the faraway territories.”

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