France is inducting entertainer, World War II spy and civil rights activist Josephine Baker into the Pantheon, the final resting place of France’s most respected luminaries.

Baker will make history by becoming the first Black Women to enter the Pantheon. On Tuesday, November 30, a coffin carrying soil from Monaco, France and the US will be placed inside the Pantheon, which overlooks the Left Bank of the Seine.

However, Baker’s body will remain in Monaco at the request of her family. Franco-American Baker had a long involvement in the life of Monaco as a friend of Princess Grace.

Princess Grace found Josephine a home in nearby Roquebrune-Cap-Martin and members of her family continue to live in the area today.

Featured image: Josephine Baker

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