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This image is of the dancers and musicians of the Egyptian Theater, part of the Streets of Cairo Midway exhibit. The dancers of the exhibit were by far the most popular attraction of the exposition. By the standards of the day, the dances performed,…

View of the people in the Dahomey Village exhibit in Piedmont Park. The people of Dahomey are part of the modern day Republic of Benin, but the people in the village were depicted as the people of "savage Africa," or the "Dark continent." The straw…

View of the exterior of the Dahomey Village exhibit in Piedmont Park. The sign outside advertises that the village includes "cannibals" and "Amazon warriors." The Dahomey Village was very popular among visitors to the Midway who wanted to see the…

Mexico was one of the many Midway village exhibitions devoted to "anthropological" curiosity. In this image, we see one of the features of the Mexican village, which were the bull fighters or matadors. Due to the apparent public outcry, there was no…

View of the exterior of the Machinery Hall which served as an exhibition of mechanical technology at the Cotton States and International Exposition. A large part of the exhibition was devoted to the technology of cotton production, and many of the…

View of the Central Terrace of the Cotton States and International Exposition.

View of the Auditorium Building of the Cotton States and International Exposition. With a seating capacity of 2,000, the Auditorium provided a space for concerts, speeches, and conventions. It is here that Booker T. Washington gave his famous speech…

Alabama was one of the many states that had an exhibition building developed for the Cotton States and International Exposition. These State Buildings, along with special "State Days" helped to symbolize national reconciliation across the country.…

The Romanesque building pictured here is the Agriculture Building of the exposition. The Agriculture Building included exhibits on "food, its accessories, machinery, and appliances." The building also showcased agricultural exhibits organized by…

This castle like structure pictured here served as the Administration Building for the exposition. It was here that many of the Cotton States and International Exposition's concerts, speeches, and conventions took place.