13 Shameful Pictures of African People in Human Zoos.
In the late 1800s to well into the 1900s, Europeans created “human zoos” in cities like Paris; Hamburg, Germany; Antwerp, Belgium; Barcelona, Spain; London; Milan; Warsaw, Poland; St Louis; and New York City.
These were popular human exhibits where whites went to watch Black people who were on display. The Black people were usually forced to live behind gates and in cages similar to animals in a zoo today.
Some of the Black people were kidnapped and brought to be exhibited in the human zoos. Many died quickly, some within a year of their captivity.
The following are 13 incidents of white people holding Africans captive in human zoos.
We now know who the real “savages” are, and it’s not the Black people forced to live in those cages in zoos.
With Efi’s introduction, we were once again reminded of Gabrielle Adawe. She was UN secretary and basically the founder of Overwatch during the first omnic crisis. While there is no official imagery of Adawe, this artwork by Ludo Lullabi from the cancelled First Strike novel pictures an african woman who seems to be introducing future Overwatch heroes, like Reinhardt, Morrison, and Torbjorn, to each other. It is unknown if Adawe is still alive during the game events, but the airport in Numbani is named after her.
Veterans of the kingdom of Dahomey’s “amazons”, aka N'Nonmiton - our mothers, c.1908 in Abomay, French West Africa. Originally founded in the 17th century as a corp of elephant huntress, or gbeto, the Dahomey amazons were an all-female regiment reputed for its fierceness. It took the French Foreign Legion equipped with Lebel rifles to decisively beat them in combat, in 1892 during the second Franco-Dahomean war.
Black history month day 28: American astronaut Mae Jemison.
Mae Carol Jemison was born on October 17, 1956 in Decatur, Alabama. When she was three years old, her family moved to Chicago, Illinois for better employment and education opportunities. Jemison was always interested in science and dreamed of going to space from a young age. Once when she was little a splinter infected her thumb. Her teacher mother turned it into a learning experience and she ended up doing a whole project about pus.
While Jemison’s parents were always very supportive of her scientific interests, her teachers were not. Jemison once recalled: “In kindergarten, my teacher asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, and I told her a scientist. She said, ‘Don’t you mean a nurse?’ Now, there’s nothing wrong with being a nurse, but that’s not what I wanted to be.”
Jemison went to Stanford University when she was just 16 and graduated with a B.S. in chemical engineering. She received her doctor of medicine degree at Cornell Medical College in 1981. During medical school she traveled to Cuba, Kenya and Thailand, to provide primary medical care to people living there.
Jemison first applied for the space program in 1983 after the flight of Sally Ride. The program was delayed after the space shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986, but she was accepted into the program after reapplying in 1987, one of 15 applicants out of 2000. One of her biggest inspirations for pursuing the space program was African-American actress Nichelle Nichols, better known as Lieutenant Uhura from Star Trek. Later Jemison would go on to guest star in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, becoming the only actual astronaut to appear on the show.
As a lover of dance, Jemison took a poster from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater along with her on the flight saying: “Many people do not see a connection between science and dance, but I consider them both to be expressions of the boundless creativity that people have to share with one another. She also took some small art objects from West African countries to symbolize that space belongs to all nations, and a picture of African-American pilot Bessie Coleman.
Jemison is now 60 years old and currently serving as the principle of the 100 Year Starship organization.
I sincerely hope you have enjoyed going on this educational journey with me this month, exploring 28 inspiring figures in black history. It was a lot of fun for me to do research for this project and I learned quite a few things along the way. I really tried to get at least some figures who are less commonly discussed during Black history month. There is a lot of information I didn’t get to cover, so I would strongly encourage you to read up on everybody I’ve mentioned this month because they have some very interesting stories to tell!