Bailey Bros Circus Sideshow circa 1948
Were Eko and Iko really savages? Cannibals?
Ambassadors from Mars?
Were the light-skinned brothers black or
Sometimes, the brothers would do as they had
throughout their careers: They would oblige
The gawkers were disappointed. Those who did
see Eko and Iko -- the names bestowed upon
the brothers by sideshow promoters -- didn't
gaze upon the fearsome creatures they'd
heard about -- savages with wild hair and
Instead, in their place stood two men.
Willie Muse, 68, and George Muse, 71.
Old men, retired from the circus after more
than 60 years. No massive dreadlocks. No
Martian insignia. George's close-cropped
hair was white, Willie's was reduced to
They had been wild men. Trapped in a cage.
Forced to eat raw meat.
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