Josephine Baker to be moved to Paris mausoleum

Josephine Baker will be the first Black woman

to be buried in Paris' Pantheon mausoleum

It's one of France's highest honors

"This is a great lady, who loved France, who will enter the Pantheon. Thank you to @EmmanuelMacron for this tribute.”

Source: France's Industry Minister Agnes Pannier-Runacher

The French-American singer and dancer was born in Missouri in 1906

She found fame in Paris in the 1920s

alongside many Black Americans who stayed on after World War One

and brought over with them American jazz culture

Baker also served in the French Resistance during World War Two

She died in 1975 and is currently buried in Monaco

Her remains will be re-buried at the Pantheon on November 30

Baker will lie alongside other French national icons

such as authors Emile Zola and Victor Hugo and the philosopher Voltaire

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