Abstract

A century after Ota Benga was exhibited in the Bronx Zoo Monkey House, the episode has been widely distorted by omission, half-truths, or outright deception. Not only has Benga’s captor, the self-described American explorer Samuel Verner, been widely depicted as his friend and savior, but his true saviors have languished in obscurity. Fortunately, the true story of Ota Benga’s tragic sojourn from the Congo to the United States can be reconstructed by returning to hundreds of documents stored in numerous archives across the United States.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2152-7792
Print ISSN
1075-7163
Pages
pp. 168-173
Launched on MUSE
2016-12-01
Open Access
No
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