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Bata Kindai Amgoza Ibn LoBagola papers

Collection Data

This collection includes correspondence between LoBagola and his agent, James B. Pond; contracts; clippings; advertisements; and a typescript of a lecture entitled "My Religion," about his experience as a Jew.
LoBagola, Bata Kindai Amgoza Ibn, 1877-1947 (Creator)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1928 - 1933
Library locations
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division
Shelf locator: Sc MG 142
African American entertainers
African American Jews -- Biography
Black Hebrews -- Biography
Blacks -- Religion
Blacks -- United States -- Public opinion
Curiosities and wonders -- Africa
Jews -- Africa -- Biography
Jews -- Conversion to Christianity
Bibliographic history: Bata Kindai Amgoza Ibn LoBagola, an African American, was born Joseph Howard Lee in 1887 in Baltimore, Maryland. As early as 1907 he was using the name "LoBagola," claiming that he was from the French Sudan, and was on the lecture circuit speaking about African customs and his claims that he was a Black Jew. In 1930 he published, "LoBagola : An African Savage's Own Story," which was translated and sold in a number of European countries, and "The Folk Tales of a Savage." LoBagola died in 1947 while in Attica Prison, having been arrested and imprisoned several times for petty theft and sexual crimes.
Physical Description
Extent: 2 folders
Type of Resource
Other local Identifier: Sc MG 142
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b11868588
MSS Unit ID: 20729
Archives collections id: archives_collections_20729
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): cc7e3ca0-65d9-0137-9bc4-0033363fbc14
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