Paris, November 1948: Legendary Missouri-born dancer and singer, French Resistance fighter and civil rights leader Josephine BAKER, arms outstretched, surrounded by a group of “Catherinettes” wearing their hand-made elaborate hats — donated to the French Merci Train as a token of gratitude to the American people for their Friendship Train (1947). Photo by Intercontinentale, Paris. Library of Congress.
French-American-Italian Project #MDFDEFriendshipMerciTrain75 in progress… Stay tuned, Everyone! All the best, Elisabeth Jenssen
The “Train de la Reconnaissance Française” aka “Merci Train” (1949).
© The Official French-American-Italian Project (2016-2024) entirely conceived by Ms. Elisabeth JENSSEN to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Friendship Train and the 75th Anniversary of the Merci Train. All rights reserved.
Chair, Elisabeth Jenssen
Honorary President: The Comte Gilbert de Pusy La Fayette
NOV. 30, 2021: FRENCH-AMERICAN WAR HERO JOSEPHINE BAKER, THE FIRST BLACK WOMAN INDUCTED INTO THE PANTHEON, PARIS MAUSELEUM FOR REVERED FIGURES.
MARCH ON WASHINGTON D.C. AUGUST 28, 1963
MOW JOSEPHINE BAKER’S SPEECH