EL Negro’s Grave – Gaborone – Botswana

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    El Negro was an unknown African man of Tswana origin. His remains were returned from Europe, where he had been stuffed and made into a freak exhibit.  According to some historical documents he is associated with the Batlhaping people, (fish people) one of the people residing at the confluence of the Orange and Vaal rivers in the early 19th century. He is linked to present Kgatlane village, suspected to be his original home.

    More than 170 years ago, El Negro’s body was put on display in a museum in Spain, after his corpse had been stolen from its grave on the night he was buried. The culprits involved in this inhuman action were of French origin. In the 1830s they displayed the body as an exhibit in a shop in Paris and later sold it to a dealer who passed on the remains of El Negro to a town called Banyoles, north of Barcelona. Medical examinations carried out on the corpse in 1993 determined the cause of El Negro’s death to have been lung cancer. El Negro died at the age of 27years.

    Tsholofelo Park,

    Segoditshane road immediately north of the junction with Broadhurst road

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