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‘Black Paris Tours’ details US Blacks in Paris

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Entertainer Josephine Baker and abolitionist William Wells Brown are two Black Americans that are spotlighted in the “Black Paris Tour”. The tours offer a glimpse of the mutual love affair between black Americans and the City of Light.

Tourists can see the Parc Monceau, where poet Langston Hughes once lived in maid’s chambers, or a bustling, working-class area that Stevenson dubs “Little Africa.”

“In many ways, African-Americans came to France as a sort of privileged minority, a kind of model minority, if you will – a group that benefited not only from French fascination with blackness, but a French fascination about Americanness,” said Tyler Stovall, a history professor of the University of California, Berkeley. “Jazz comes to France at roughly the same time as Hollywood movies – both are embraced enthusiastically.”

Ricki Stevenson, the tour guide, “cited unofficial figures indicating that up to 50,000 free blacks came here from Louisiana in the decades after Napoleon sold the territory to the United States in 1803, fearing greater restrictions under the new authorities.”

Read more at Canadian Press


Written by Symphony

December 26, 2007 at 8:21 pm

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  1. Hi,

    Thanks so much for this information, Paris is on my list of places to go. This will make it even more interesting!

    Mes Deux Cents

    December 26, 2007 at 11:29 pm

  2. Paris is beautiful. I’ve been twice. You will love it. I wish I knew about these tours before.


    December 27, 2007 at 12:53 am

  3. Hello,

    i will be in Paris december 28,2008 thru 1-12009…

    Iam looking for a black tour, can you helo me?

    connie jones

    November 13, 2008 at 8:14 pm

  4. May 18, 2010 is the first time I’ve had a chance to read your comments. Please go to my new website to learn more about Black Paris Tours! I hope you will consider visiting the City of Light in the near future…if you haven’t already done so!


    Ricki Stevenson
    Black Paris Tours

    ricki Stevenson

    May 18, 2010 at 4:18 pm

  5. Friends and I discovered Ricki’s tour on my third Paris visit. The tour was amazing. Starting at a quaint cafe on the Champs Elysee, we covered the footsteps of famous black people have became a part of Parisienne history. From Hannibal, Frederick Douglas, Mary McCleod Bethune, and the Dumas’ Dynasty, the tour was interesting and new. We travelled on City buses and experienced the modern black lifestyles of Paris. Well worth the 100 euro pricetag.

    Dr Dione Williams

    July 25, 2010 at 7:09 am

  6. I offer Black Paris tours in combination with Julia Brown of Walking the Spirit Tours. Our tour includes five days in the City of Paris, then we go to Beaune the wine region on our way to Sarlat. Sarlat is the former home of Josephine Baker. Please check our website or send us email for details. We have a tour planned for October 2011. This tour is offered once a year or more if needed.

    Cynthia Amin

    September 25, 2010 at 3:50 pm

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