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Josephine Baker : from dancefloor to Pantheon

Posted by on 12 juin 2022

Dancer, singer … spy: France’s Panthéon to honour Josephine Baker

The performer will be the first Black woman to enter the mausoleum, in recognition of her wartime work

Jon Henley
‘Resistance heroine’: Josephine Baker entertains the troops at a London victory party in 1945.
in Paris
Sun 28 Nov 2021




In November 1940, two passengers boarded a train in Toulouse headed for Madrid, then onward to Lisbon. One was a striking Black woman in expensive furs; the other purportedly her secretary, a blonde Frenchman with moustache and thick glasses.

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