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Legendary Black Performer Joséphine Baker to Be Buried in Paris’s Panthéon

HeadlineAug 24, 2021

U.S.-born, French performer Joséphine Baker will be given a memorial in Paris’s Panthéon mausoleum, making Baker the first Black woman to receive the honor. Her induction into the Panthéon will take place in November, joining other beloved French icons such as writer Victor Hugo and scientist Marie Curie. Baker was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1906. She rose to international stardom in the 1930s after moving to France, where she became a singer and dancer. Baker went on to fight with the French resistance in World War II and was involved in the civil rights movement here in the U.S. She passed away in 1975 and received French military honors at her funeral. Her remains are currently buried in Monaco.

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