The Franco-American dancer and singer (1906-1975) is one of the biggest stars of the 20th century. Their bones are to be transferred to the Parisian Hall of Fame.
Paris (AP) – The Franco-American dancer Joséphine Baker (1906-1975) receives the highest distinction in France.
Their bones are due to be transferred on November 30 to the Pantheon in Paris, where the nation’s greats rest, Le Parisien newspaper reported on Sunday, citing a decision by President Emmanuel Macron. Baker becomes the first black woman to have a place in the Paris Hall of Fame. 38,000 people had supported a signature campaign launched two years ago for a corresponding honor for Baker.
The dancer and singer has become known as the personification of “Jazz Hot” and for her wild way of dancing. She is considered one of the most important entertainment stars of the 20th century. France has also made her its national heroine. During World War II, she first worked for the Red Cross. Then she rose up in the resistance, the Resistance. For this, she received, among others, the order of the French Legion of Honor. She then fought against racism alongside Martin Luther King. After her death, she was buried in Monaco.
In the Pantheon, originally planned as a church, important representatives of the country such as Victor Hugo, Émile Zola, Voltaire and Rousseau have been honored since the French Revolution.