This is Ota Benga. In 1904, four decades after the end of slavery in America, he was kidnapped from Congo and taken to the US, where he was exhibited with monkeys. His appalling story reveals the roots of a racial prejudice that still haunts us The portrait of Ota Benga taken in Congo. His sharp teeth were the result of tooth chipping, a practice that was popular among young men.

The man who was caged in a zoo

This is Ota Benga. In 1904, four decades after the end of slavery in America, he was kidnapped from Congo and taken to the US, where he was exhibited with monkeys. His appalling story reveals the roots of a racial prejudice that still haunts us The portrait of Ota Benga taken in Congo. His sharp teeth were the result of tooth chipping, a practice that was popular among young men.

Ota Benga of the Congo in 1906 as an exhibit in the Bronx Zoo

Ota Benga of the Congo in 1906 as an exhibit in the Bronx Zoo

Ota Benga at the Bronx Zoo in 1906. Only five promotional photos exist of Benga's time here, none of them in the "Monkey House"; cameras were not allowed. A sign read;The African Pigmy, "Ota Benga."Age, 23 years. Height, 4 feet 11 inches.Weight, 103 pounds. Brought from the Kasai River, Congo Free State, South Cen- tral Africa, by Dr. Samuel P. Verner. Ex- hibited each afternoon during September

Ota Benga at the Bronx Zoo in 1906. Only five promotional photos exist of Benga's time here, none of them in the "Monkey House"; cameras were not allowed. A sign read;The African Pigmy, "Ota Benga."Age, 23 years. Height, 4 feet 11 inches.Weight, 103 pounds. Brought from the Kasai River, Congo Free State, South Cen- tral Africa, by Dr. Samuel P. Verner. Ex- hibited each afternoon during September

8.	At the age of 20, Ota Benga, a Congolese pygmy, was taken from Africa to be exhibited in a zoo with monkeys in Missouri. He sadly committed suicide at the age of 32 by shooting himself in the heart.

8 Shocking Things You Had No Idea Happened In Missouri

8. At the age of 20, Ota Benga, a Congolese pygmy, was taken from Africa to be exhibited in a zoo with monkeys in Missouri. He sadly committed suicide at the age of 32 by shooting himself in the heart.

At the age of 32, Ota Benga built a ceremonial fire, chipped off the caps on his teeth and shot himself in the heart with a stolen pistol. Ota Benga was a Congolese Mbuti pygmy known for being featured with other Africans in an anthropology exhibit at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis, ...At the age of 32, Ota Benga built a ceremonial fire, chipped off the caps on his teeth and shot himself in the heart with a stolen pistol. Ota Benga was a Congolese Mbuti pygmy known for being…

At the age of 32, Ota Benga built a ceremonial fire, chipped off the caps on his teeth and shot himself in the heart with a stolen pistol. Ota Benga was a Congolese Mbuti pygmy known for being featured with other Africans in an anthropology exhibit at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis, ...At the age of 32, Ota Benga built a ceremonial fire, chipped off the caps on his teeth and shot himself in the heart with a stolen pistol. Ota Benga was a Congolese Mbuti pygmy known for being…

40 years after the abolishment of slavery, Benga was billed as the “missing link”, on display in the Bronx Zoo cage alongside a monkey.

40 years after the abolishment of slavery, Benga was billed as the “missing link”, on display in the Bronx Zoo cage alongside a monkey.

Ota Benga: Mbuti Pygmy, Featured In Human Zoo

Ota Benga: Mbuti Pygmy, Featured In Human Zoo

Ota Benga’s Short, Tragic Life As A Human Zoo Exhibit

The Short, Tragic Life Of Ota Benga, The Slave Forced To Be A Human Zoo Exhibit

Ota Benga’s Short, Tragic Life As A Human Zoo Exhibit

100 years ago today, Ota Benga ended his horrible life after caged as ‘pygmy’ at Bronx Zoo

100 years ago today, Ota Benga ended his horrible life after caged as ‘pygmy’ at Bronx Zoo

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