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Famed Black French-American singer Josephine Baker to be buried in Paris’ Pantheon

/ 06:17 PM August 22, 2021
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Josephine Baker. Image: Ministère de la Culture (Ministry of Culture) – Médiathèque du Patrimoine, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais/Studio Harcourt

PARIS — Josephine Baker, the famed Black French-American singer and dancer, will be buried in Paris’ Pantheon mausoleum, one of France’s highest honors, said government minister Agnes Pannier-Runacher on Sunday.

“This is a great lady, who loved France, who will enter the Pantheon. Thank you to @EmmanuelMacron for this tribute,” wrote Pannier-Runacher on Twitter, confirming earlier media reports.

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Baker was born in Missouri in 1906 but went on to find much of her fame after arriving in Paris in the 1920s, as many Black Americans stayed on in the French capital after World War I and brought over with them American jazz culture.

Baker also served in the French Resistance during World War II. She died in 1975 and is currently buried in Monaco.

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Her remains will be re-buried at the Pantheon on Nov. 30, meaning Baker will lie alongside other French national icons in the mausoleum such as authors Emile Zola and Victor Hugo, the philosopher Voltaire and politician Simone Veil. JB

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