Ethiopian patriot Dr Malaku Bayen's Resting Place
By Tedla Asfaw
February 27, 2017
One may ask why now visiting Dr. Malaku Bayen after 77 years he passed away. The answer is it is never late to visit him since we never missed him in our heart whenever we think of the Yekatit 12 massacre of Ethiopians in AddisAbaba and its surroundings and the five-year struggle for independence by Ethiopian patriots/Arbegnoche.
This is the 80th anniversary of the massacre and it has a special place in our heart. Young Malaku was in Harlem at that moment writing and speaking on behalf of Ethiopia and Ethiopians like the late Sylvia Pankhurst in London.
The survivors of that bloody day and five years of patriotic resistance are now very few in numbers and their story will be remembered in our time and for years to come from generation to generation.
Saturday, Feb 25, 2017 morning was a foggy day at Woodlawn Cemetery, A designated National Historic Landmark in 2011, in Bronx, NY less than 30 minutes ride on the metro north from Grand Central.
We would like to thank Dr. Abebe Girma who wrote about the life of Malaku Bayen in 2010 on Ethiopian Medical Doctors Magazine named after Dr. Hakim Werkineh and Dr. Malaku Bayen for a great piece on its first volume.
We went directly to the office to locate the resting place. After searching his name they could not get it on the computer. The staff was very patient and helpful. The story Dr. Girma Abebe wrote on Ethiomedia in 2011 which is re-posted again this year was helpful in pointing the month and date of the burial. It was May 11, 1940.
The names entry of all is written at that moment on a big book by hand. The big book accurately confirms the name of Malaku Bayen and we were all happy. The "puzzle" was solved !!!
He rested on Summit B3 at the Woodlawn Cemetery. For the future visitors, you just need to grab the map and look for B3. Going from the main office to that location you need to have a car unless you want to climb a hill for good 45 minutes.
The staff and security took us for less than 10 minutes ride on bending beautiful scenery to the summit. We chose to be left alone for the reflection and prayed on the resting place before live streaming it to fellow Ethiopians for less than 20 minutes,
We can not describe what we felt seeing Malaku Bayen name inscribed with the Ethiopian cross, 1900 to 1940. We shared our feeling with some of you and hope you will read this once posted for our common journey in history.
Malaku Bayen wife Dorothy Bayen African American was buried in 1988 with him but her name is not written. We met the granddaughter in New York a few years ago and possibly will meet her again on March 5 on the 80th anniversary gathering in New York City.
Visiting Malaku Bayen resting place is going back in time and be with young Malaku organizing fellow black Africans under " Ethiopian World Federation Inc" and Voice of Ethiopia a mouth for Justice.Young Malaku was our Ambassador in Harlem, NY.
Malaku after graduation from Howard University as a medical doctor he went back home with his wife he met at Howard University and served his country in his profession. He did his job in Ogaden Front when Italy started its war and joined the King to Wechale Front in North of Ethiopia.
After Ethiopia was bombarded with mustard gas and handed over with the silver plate to Mussolini and King Haile Selassie was forced to exile the only one in our side was God and our Patriots/Arbegonch. Patriot Malaku Bayen and his wife Dorothy Bayen mobilized support for Ethiopia in exile.
Malaku Bayen died on May 4,1940 and was buried on May 11, 1940. Dorothy Bayen died on April 7,1988 and buried with him. They survived by Malaku Bayen Jr. and a grand-daughter from Dorothy's other marriage.
Malaku died before seeing his country liberated on May 5, 1941, almost a year after his death. We are not sure if Dorothy ever went back to Ethiopia to meet King Haile Selassie whom her husband Dr. Malaku was his personal physician.
After we visited the cemetery we got an email from the staff.
Sent: Saturday, February 25, 2017 11:20 AM
Subject: Woodlwn Cemetery
"Thank you for visiting Woodlawn today. After you left we reached out to our Conservancy about adding Doctor Bayen to our list of Notables here. "
The story of the late Malaku Bayen as a student who was welcomed by the President of the United States, President Warren G. Harding, to receive a personal letter from Prince Teferi later King Haile Selassie with two other Ethiopian students and his unparallel contribution to the struggle for the liberation of Ethiopia, his name is now put among the Notables at Woodlawn Cemetery as of Feb, 25, 2017 in the Black History Month in USA.This is a Great Honor to Ethiopia and Ethiopians!
We thank the staff for making our two-hour stay at Woodlawn Cemetery an unforgettable experience. Ethiopians are now "unofficial " member of Woodlawn. Many in our community in the Tri-State area will surely come to visit and be part of their history in the coming memorial weekend year after year.
Long Live the Spirit of Malaku Bayen and his Wife Dorothy Bayen !!!
Long Live his family members !!! Long Live Ethiopia and her Patriots !!!!
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