Did you know that there were Human Zoos on display in Europe and America from the to the These public exhibits of humans,often called Negro Villages, usually showed indigenous people in a so-called natural or primitive state.
The idea of “a Negro Village” was the most popular in Germany, where the ideas of Social Darwinism were widely spread and accepted by many people. Even Otto Bismarck visited “the Negro Village” exhibition.
In a small tribe from the Philippines appeared at Coney Island as a "human exhibit." Journalist Claire Prentice chronicles their experiences in her latest book, "The Lost Tribes of Coney Island," which we've excerpted here.
Why were people once put in 'human zoos'?
Le projet Human Zoo met les humains dans les cages à la place des animaux
African girl in human zoo, Belgium 1958 This girl is in a human zoo in Brussels, Belgium in Human zoos with African people put on display go back to at least century Europe. The ''visitors'' here are feeding her just like you would a monkey or a kangaroo.