These Historical Figures Were Black?!

October 22, 2014  |  
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Portrait Of Ludwig Van Beethoven

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The famous classical composer’s mother was a moor. It’s a fact that became popular again after this cast of his African facial features contradicted the “idealized” paintings of the man history likes to re-imagine.

Regardless on your take of the Romanctic composer, it’s hard to dismiss the sheer number of writings and artistic explorations into Beethoven’s potential African lineage.

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