Josephine Baker is 1st Black woman given Paris burial honor

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PARIS (AP) — Plans are underway to reinter the remains of American-born singer and dancer Josephine Baker at the Pantheon monument in Paris. The late entertainer who is a World War II hero in France will be the first Black woman to get the country’s highest honor. Le Parisien newspaper reported Sunday that French President Emmanuel Macron decided to organize a burial ceremony on November 30 at the Paris monument. The presidential palace confirmed the newspaper’s information. After her death in 1975, Baker was buried in Monaco, dressed in a French military uniform  with the medals she received for her role as part of the French Resistance. Baker is the fifth woman to be honored with a Pantheon burial. 

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