The Secret Story of Egypt's Black Emperors Though their story remains largely untold, so-called "black pharaohs" ruled ancient Egypt for nearly half a century.
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The Secret Story of Egypt's Black Emperors

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The Secret Story of Egypt's Black Emperors

The Secret Story of Egypt's Black Emperors

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A bust of the powerful Queen Tiye, King Tut's grandmother, suggests she was of Nubian ancestry. Courtesy National Geographic hide caption

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Though their story remains largely untold, so-called "black pharaohs" ruled ancient Egypt for nearly half a century. They played a major role in unifying the country and created glorious monuments, which still stand today.

Their story appears in National Geographic magazine.

NPR's Tony Cox talks with Robert Draper, who wrote the article.