Jade Small | March 17, 2015

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 of them died quickly, some within a year of their captivity. A large number of visitors attended these exhibitions in each city daily. For example, the Parisian World Fair featured a human zoo that exhibited Black people, and 34 million people were drawn to the exhibition in just six months.

Below are several photos showing the horrible reality of  people who were forced to live in human zoos.

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This is a “Peoples Show” in Brussels, Belgium, where the young Black girl is fed by the white spectators.

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Sarah’s Story A Colonial Showpiece

Congolese pygmy Ota Benga was on display at the Bronx Zoo in New York City in 1906. He was forced to carry around chimpanzees and other apes.

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One of the many human zoos in France.

Africans shooting archery in 1904 St Louis “Savage Olympics Exhibition”

Sarah’s Story A Colonial Showpiece

A 20-year-old girl from South Africa known as Sarah “Saartjie” Baartman was recruited to work in a Paris zoo because of a genetic characteristic known as steatopygia — protuberant buttocks and elongated labia. Whites went to the zoo to look at her buttocks and at other naked Black women with the same shape.

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Pygmies were made to dance during numerous exhibitions to entertain visitors

This is one of France’s many “Negro Villages.” It was said the village would often display Blacks to dehumanize them and compare them to animals.

This is a Somalia village, which was demonstrated in Luna Park, St. Petersburg

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This is another “Negro Village” in France. It was called “The World Fair,” where nude or semi-nude Black women and children were presented in cages.

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Africans shooting archery in 1904 St Louis “Savage Olympics Exhibition”

black women and child at negro village

source : http://www.the-open-mind.com/deep-racism-the-forgotten-history-of-h...

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Human zoos, also called ethnological expositions, were 19th- and 20th-century public exhibits of humans, usually in a so-called natural or primitive state. The displays often emphasized the cultural differences between Europeans of Western civilization and non-European peoples or other Europeans with a lifestyle deemed primitive. Some of them placed indigenous people in a continuum somewhere between the great apes and humans of European descent. Ethnological expositions have since been criticized as highly degrading and racist. details at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_zoo

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