France Agrees To Return Stolen African Artifacts to Benin, But Will Other European Colonizers Follow Suit?
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France Agrees To Return Stolen African Artifacts to Benin, But Will Other European Colonizers Follow Suit?

French President Emmanuel Macron has announced he will make returning African art stolen during the colonial era a top priority in his administration, raising questions as to whether other European nations will follow suit. This as African countries endeavor to retrieve these lost treasures from their cultural history. (Photo: Art from the Kingdom of Benin, Tumblr) The film “Black Panther” broached the subject of the theft of African cultural artifacts by European museums, In the film, the character Erik “Killmonger” Stevens took a “war hammer” from a British Museum and asked the curator, “How do you think your ancestors got these? Do you think they paid a fair price? Or did they just take it … like they took everything else?” The film evokes questions as to when European nations and the U.S. will return artifacts stolen during the rape and plunder that took place during their colonial era. Most of these artifacts originate in the former French, Belgian and British colonies of West, East and Central Africa. French President Emmanuel Macron has signaled that he will make returning African art a top priority of his administration, as Quartz reported. Benin President Patrice Talon has been the catalyst behind […]

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