Monday, March 21, 2016
In the United States, Ota was featured in an anthropology exhibit at the St. Louis World's Fair. Two years later, the New York Zoological Gardens displayed him in its Monkey House, caging the slight 103-pound, 4-foot 11-inch man with an orangutan. Years later, the dehumanization and subsequent depression Ota suffered drove him to ultimately take his own life.
You can read Ota Benga's full story in Pamela Newkirk's Spectacle. Read a sample here.
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