Ota ("Otto") Benga

ID Number: T02638
Biographical Data
Basic Identification
Gender: male Ethnicity: Pygmy (African) Immigration: yes Attributed Race: black Free or Enslaved: free
Birth & Family
Birth Date: c.1885/00/00 Birthplace: Congo, Africa Mother: Father: 1st Spouse: unknown 2nd Spouse: unknown
Age Details
Age: about 30 Age Group: adult (20-59)
Life Details
Occupation(s): day laborer, tobacco factory laborer Last Church: unknown Military Service: none Last Residence: Lynchburg, Virginia Last Address: Virginia Seminary Campus
Death Date: 1916/03/20 Death Note: none Place of Death: shed behind Josephine Anderson's store Cause of Death: suicide, pistol shot to left breast
Burial & Undertaking
Burial Date: 1916/03/23 Funeral Home: Diuguid; Peoples Undertaking Co. Indigent?: private interment
Gravesite and Grave Marker Data
Grave Marker or Marker Fragment: none Section: unknown Confirmation Source for Location: Grave Marker Erector(s): unknown Confirmation Source for Interment: official ledger
Obituary and Biographical Detials

Funeral at Diamond Hill BC

Mrs. Lillian “Peggy” Bondurant Davis recalled that she was told Ota Benga was buried in the Old City Cemetery, beside Prof. Ulysses S. Grant Patterson.

Chauncey Spencer clearly remembered Ota Benga being buried in White Rock Cemetery beside Gregory Willis Hayes.

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