An upcoming exhibition at the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture will feature a portrait of Maharani Bumba Duleep Singh, the wife of Maharaja Duleep Singh, the last recognized Sikh monarch after the British annexed the Sikh empire in 1849. From wikipedia:
Maharani Bamba Duleep Singh born Bamba Müller (July 6, 1848 – September 18, 1887) was the wife of Maharaja Duleep Singh. Brought up by Christian missionaries, she married Duleep Singh and became Maharani Bamba, wife of the last Maharaja of Lahore. Her transformation from illegitimate girl living in a Cairo mission to a Maharani living a life of luxury with the “Black Prince of Perthshire” has been compared to the “Cinderella” story.
The exhibition, called Africans in India: From Slaves to Generals and Rulers, is to run from February 1 through May 18, 2013.
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