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



1st Spouse: unknown

2nd Spouse: male

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.

Diuguid ID Number:

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.