Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Learn About Black Lives at the Chateau of Chenonceau

One of the most interesting displays at the Chateau of Chenonceau is also one of the most unexpected. During World War One the Chateau was a hospital, and it is clear from the photographic archive that black soldiers were treated here. We have also been told that black soldiers were also here during World War Two, and that the Chateau played a significant part in them gaining safe haven. We don't know their names usually, nor what happened to them afterwards, but there is a surprising and virtually unknown history of young African men passing through the Chateau in wartime. Their stories will be included in your tour of the Chateau of Chenonceau with us.

Archive photo of French and African soldiers at the Chateau of Chenonceau when it was a hospital in the First World War.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.
French and African soldiers in the hospital at Chenonceau. The nurse is a member of the Menier family, who still own the chateau today.

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