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Joseph A. Towles papers

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Identifier: AMN 1077
Abstract African American anthropologist Joseph Allen Towles (1937-1988) met British anthropologist Colin Macmillan Turnbull (1924-1994) in 1959. The two exchanged marriage vows in 1960 and they lived together in an interracial, homosexual relationship until Towles' death in 1988. Towles and Turnbull spent various periods of time in Africa, conducting fieldwork on the Mbuti, Mbo, and Ik peoples. Turnbull authored The Forest People, The...
Dates: approximately 1920s-2009

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  • Repository: Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture X
  • Subject: Folklore -- Congo (Democratic Republic) X