Oct 20, · Posted On October 20, | No Comments on Video: Ota Benga: The Man Who Was Kept in a New York Zoo In the Bronx Zoo stuck an African pygmy from the Congo in a cage, told the masses he was a cannibal, & watched the zoo’s attendance double as a result. In a 23 year old man named Ota Benga was captured in the Belgian Congo with the intent to put him on display as a missing link. Ota Benga was a black man, a Pygmy. After being on display at the World’s Fair for a while, Ota was taken to the zoo in Brooklyn, New York and displayed with monkeys in a . Ota Benga (c. – March 20, ) was a Mbuti (Congo pygmy) man, known for being featured in an anthropology exhibit at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis, Missouri, in , and in a human zoo exhibit in at the Bronx bestswords.club had been purchased from African slave traders by the missionary and anthropologist Samuel Phillips Verner, a businessman searching for African Born: c. , Ituri Rainforest, Colonial Congo.
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