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 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
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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…