Prince Desta Damtew of Ethiopia

Thursday, July 20, 1933

Prince Desta Damtew (Ethiopian noble, army commander, and son-in-law of Emperor Haile Selassie I) visited Mount Vernon on July 20, 1933. Photographs from the prince’s visit show him at the wharf, at Washington’s Tomb, and posing outside the Mansion’s east front.

Prince Desta Damtew at the Mount Vernon wharf.

Prince Desta Damtew at Washington's tomb. Resident Superintendent Charles C. Wall stands behind Damtew.

Four years after his visit to Mount Vernon, Desta Damtew was executed on February 24, 1937, by the Italian Armed Forces shortly after Ethiopia's loss in the Second Italo-Ethiopian War.

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