Ambassadors from Mars
May 29, 2014 10:40 AM Subscribe
The strange, tragic story of the Brothers Muse.
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called them Eko and Iko, cannibal savages from Borneo, sheep-headed men, ambassadors from Mars, highlighting their signature white dreadlocks in every poster
In reality, they were George and Willie Muse
, taken from their parents in 1899 in rural Roanoke, Virginia by bounty hunters working for sideshow producers fascinated by their albinism.
When they were somewhere between 5 and 9, depending on the account
when they were "drafted" into the circus. They were told their mother was dead. They toured with the Barnes Circus, then Barnum and Bailey, paid only in room and board for over 18 years.
Then, in 1927, they toured in their home town, catching the attention of their mother
. Harriet Muse fought to free them, to get them paid.
In 1928, they returned to the road with the circus
, unable to fit into non-circus life but at least keeping their own earnings until their retirement hiding out from reporters and the curious
, eternally the Ambassadors from Mars.