A young African man who was caged in the Zoo with animals for years


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In 1904, Ota Benga, a young African boy, was kidnapped from Congo and taken to the United States of America.
On arrival, he was put in a zoo with monkeys and was displayed together with them.

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His teeth was sharpened with a metal object in order for him to look like a monstrous animal and be able to fit for the choice of Halloween tourists at the zoo.
Ota Benga (c. 1883 – March 20, 1916) was a Mbuti (Congo pygmy) man, known for being featured in an anthropology exhibit at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1904, and in a human zooexhibit in 1906 at the Bronx Zoo. Benga had been purchased from African slave traders by the missionary and anthropologist Samuel Phillips Verner, a businessman searching for African people for the exhibition. He accompanied Verner to the United States. Later, at the Bronx Zoo, Benga was allowed to walk the grounds before and after he was exhibited in the zoo's Monkey House. Except for a brief visit with Verner to Africa after the close of the St. Louis Fair, Benga lived in the United States, mostly in Virginia, for the rest of his life.



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