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Black Paris and the Myth of a Colorblind France

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

Black Paris and the Myth of a Colorblind France

"Black Paris and the Myth of a Colorblind France" is the name of a presentation that I give to clients who want to learn about black Paris in a "classroom-like" setting prior to (or instead of) striking out on one of ETBP's numerous guided walking tours. 

I've had a string of requests for this service lately and they remind me of the blog post that I wrote about the presentation in 2015.  Have a look at it here:

Physical Traces of African-Americans in Paris

Façade_Restaurant CorettaFaçade of Coretta, named for Coretta Scott King
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I've been giving this presentation since 2010 and it has evolved considerably over the years.

The most recent addition to the "traces" is the Josephine Baker plaque that was unveiled earlier this year:

A New Plaque for Josephine Baker

Josephine Baker plaqueJosephine Baker plaque
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There are the RER and tram stations named after African Americans:

Paris Public Transportation Stations Named for Persons of African Descent

Tram station Ella FitzgeraldStation Ella Fitzgerald - Grands Moulins de Paris
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and an additional off-the-beaten-track site named after a famous contemporary artist:

La Fab. at Place Jean-Michel Basquiat
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"Physical traces of African Americans in Paris" is only one aspect of black Paris that I discuss in "Black Paris and the Myth of a Colorblind France."  If you'd like to experience this presentation during your next trip to Paris, contact me at

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