WE ARE AT THE BASSIN OF THE ′′ SENEGAL VILLAGE ′′ UNIVERSAL ZOO HUMAN LI ÈGE EXPOSURE
Africans were captured in Africa then deported to Europe to Belgium. White people locked these black men in cages in human zoos. In the nineteenth century, the vast majority of Westerners living in Europe had their first contacts with black populations through a grid, a barrier, an enclosure.
The goal was to put blacks exposed to the same level as animals. They are presented as wild animals. On the cages news panels, they say where they live, the climate, their food and reminding visitors; ′′ Don’t feed black people because they are already fed “.
As early as 1874 in Germany the exhibition of humans were at the Hamburg Zoo run by Hagenbeck. In France, exhibitions of human beings took place at the Paris acclimatization garden from 1877 until 1931 under the name of ′′ ethnographic exhibitions “. In clear, more than thirty thousand men, women, children from colonies belonging to the great powers were displayed as specimens representing the ′′ savages “.
These human zoos were attended by more than a billion and a half white visitors.
Belgium was one of the great European countries which was involved in this process, with France, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Great Britain, Italy, Spain and Austria. In this photo we are at the Liège Universal Exhibition in Belgium in 1905.