African-Congolese-Pygmy

Ota Benga (1883-1916) was an African Congolese Pygmy, who was put on display in the monkey house at the Bronx Zoo in New York in 1906.

At 21, Ota Benga was brought to the United States by African explorer Samuel Verner. Verner displayed Ota Benga alongside six other male and female pygmies of the Mbuti tribe at the St. Louis World Fair in 1904.

Ota Benga (1883-1916) was a Congolese Pygmy, who was put on display in the monkey house at the Bronx Zoo in New York between 1906 to 1910. On the afternoon of March 20, 1916, Ota Benga shot himself through the heart.

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