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Clip #: AD-55-2
Library: Getty Images
Filmmaker: Andre de la Varre
City: Addis Ababa
Ethiopia footage features footage of Addis Ababa leading up to, during, and just after the
inauguration of Emperor Haile Selassie I (which took place on November 2nd, 1930). Various foreign
diplomats and dignitaries paying their respects to the Emperor and in attendance at the coronation,
including American Special Ambassador Herman Murray Jacoby, who is accompanied by Brigadier General
William W. Harts. Crowds of Ethiopians on city streets and celebrating. Excellent shots of people of
the region dressed in traditional clothing (shawls, cloaks, native attire), some with rifles and shields.
Tribal native chieftains garbed in lion manes, carrying lances and shields, and riding horses. Rows of
soldiers standing at attention and marching through the streets. Rare footage of prominent Addis Ababa
statues unveiled for the coronation, such as the Equestrian statue of Emperor Menelik II. Extensive
footage of the coronation ceremony & rituals.
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