13 Shameful Pictures of Europeans Placing African People in Human Zoos

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Sarah’s Story A Colonial Showpiece

A 20-year-old girl from South Africa known as Sarah “Saartjie” Baartman was recruited to work in a Paris zoo because of a genetic characteristic known as steatopygia — protuberant buttocks and elongated labia. Whites went to the zoo to look at her buttocks and at other naked Black women with a similar figure.

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