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Josephine Baker

Born June 3, 1906

 
 
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By Devry Jones, October 7, 2018
1. Josephine Baker Marker
Inscription.  As a child in St. Louis, Josephine Baker rummaged for coal behind Union Station and for food behind Soulard Market. At age 13, she waitressed at the Chauffeurs' Club on Pine Street and danced with a minstrel band. In 1925 she went to Paris with the Revue Negre. She starred in the Folies-Bergere the next season and became one of France's best-loved entertainers. During World War II, she was a heroine of the resistance, earning the Légion D'Honneur. Although a French citizen, she was an activist for civil rights in the United States. On her death in 1975, she was given an unprecedented state funeral in Paris.
 
Erected 1990 by St. Louis Walk of Fame.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the St. Louis Walk of Fame marker series.
 
Location. 38° 39.36′ N, 90° 18.268′ W. Marker is in University City, Missouri, in St. Louis County. Marker is at the intersection of Delmar Boulevard and Westgate Avenue, on the right when traveling west on Delmar Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6501 Delmar Boulevard, Saint Louis MO 63130, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers
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Carl Van Vechten (photo courtesy of the Libary of Congress), October 20, 1949
2. Josephine Baker
are within walking distance of this marker. Marlin Perkins (here, next to this marker); Ulysses S. Grant (a few steps from this marker); Willie Mae Ford Smith (a few steps from this marker); Vincent Price (a few steps from this marker); Maya Angelou (a few steps from this marker); Howard Nemerov (within shouting distance of this marker); Katherine Dunham (within shouting distance of this marker); Ernest Trova (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in University City.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 30, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 13, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 44 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on October 13, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   2. submitted on October 15, 2018. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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