The Château des Milandes, Joséphine Baker's dream

It was at the Château des Milandes that Joséphine Baker raised her rainbow family.

Her 12 adopted children from all over the world.

© RFI / Sylvie Koffi

By: Sylvie Koffi

As Joséphine Baker enters the Pantheon alongside illustrious men and women, the spirit of the artist, the activist and the resistant haunts the Château des Milandes. 


It is in this corner of France, in the Périgord noir, in the commune of Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in the Dordogne that Joséphine Baker has installed "her rainbow tribe", her twelve children, it is at the chapel of Milandes that she unites with the conductor Jo Bouillon, her fourth husband, and it is also there too, within this vast property that she engages for free France in the Resistance.

Everything in this Castle testifies and evokes the memory of this extraordinary great lady who marked the 20th century.


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