Write down the date! An official ceremony for the entry into the Pantheon of Josephine Baker, feminist, Resistant and militant against racism and anti-Semitism, will take place on November 30, 2021.
At the decision of the President of the Republic, Josephine Baker, famous leader of the French naturalised magazine (1906-1975), will be honoured at the Pantheon on November 30.
However, her body will remain in Monaco, where she is buried in the marine cemetery.
The statement of the Presidency of the Republic:
“Through this destiny, France distinguishes an exceptional personality, born American, having chosen, in the name of the fight she waged all her life for freedom and emancipation, the eternal France of the universal Lights.
A world-renowned music-hall artist, involved in the Resistance, tireless anti-racist activist, she was part of all the struggles that unite citizens of goodwill, in France and around the world.
For all these reasons, because she is the embodiment of the French spirit, Josephine Baker, who passed away in 1975, deserves recognition today.”
This entry into the Pantheon follows the tribute that Emmanuel Macron had already paid to the artist on the occasion of the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Republic.