While Joséphine Baker will enter the Panthéon on November 30, 2021, the cultural center of Aiguillon (CAM) wishes to give a nod to this great lady by reserving a space for her within the “Confluences” Festival which will take place in Aiguillon du October 9 to 24.
To do this, the Agen artist, Zélie, made a spray portrait of 2m x 1.20m which represents Josephine at the dawn of her glory, this portrait will be exhibited in the hall of the CAM.
Why this wink?
Jacky Langlais explains: “We have no intention of organizing a tribute to this great personality, others will do it much better than us, we just want at our level to remember that she marked the city with her presence. “. In the 1950s, Aiguillon was lucky enough to receive her (our photos above), she gave a gala in the courtyard of the Château d’Aiguillon. Thanks to the kindness of Studio Christian (photographer in Aiguillon) and the daughter of the mayor at the time, Louis Jamet, we found two photos that immortalize this event. The cultural center is appealing to all those who may have other photos or documents concerning this gala and who would agree to entrust them in order to duplicate them to then exhibit them during the Festival.
To contact the Aiguillon cultural center, dial 0626541355.
A duty to remember
If Joséphine enters the Pantheon it is because she marked history and it is important to remember the past of this great lady who was first Resistance. An intelligence agent, she passed information at the risk of her life, then she also went on a mission to North Africa, where she organized tours to support the Allied troops. Appointed second lieutenant of the auxiliary female troops of the French air force, she was decorated with the Legion of Honor, the Croix de Guerre and the Medal of the Resistance. An anti-racist activist, she then joined forces with Martin Luther King for civil rights in 1963. In France, she mobilized for the Lica, which would later become the Licra (International League against Racism and Anti-Semitism). It is also to the artist that we must pay homage: the singer, dancer, actress and magazine leader. Finally, the older ones remember more painful moments; Riddled with debt, in 1968 she had to leave the Château des Milandes, in the Dordogne, where she lived with her twelve children adopted on all continents. Joséphine Baker died in 1975 at the age of 68, she was buried in Monaco.