Title: The Astonishing Birth and History of that Wonderful Freak of Nature…Millie Christine

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Date: 1871

Source: Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, Yale University

Copyright/Permissions: The Astonishing Birth and History of that Wonderful Freak of Nature…Millie Christine. Wood engraving & letterpress. London: Published by F. Farrah 282, Strand, And A. Richie, Wine Office Court, Fleet Street, 1871. Cushing/Whitney Medical Library Prints and Drawings Collection

Location(s): North Carolina, USA; Wine Office Court, Fleet Street, London, England; 282 Strand, London, England

 

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Categories: Experimentation Reproductive Medicine Slavery and Medical Knowledge

Title: Title Page Image From Mille-Christine, History of the Carolina Twins: “Told in Their Own Peculiar Way” by “One of Them.” Buffalo: Buffalo Courier Printing House, 18–?.

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Date: ca. 1869

Source: North Carolina Collection, University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Copyright/Permissions: Documenting the American South. University Library, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2005.

References: Boster, Dea H. African American Slavery and Disability: Bodies, Property and Power in the Antebellum South, 1800-1860. New York: Routledge, 2013.

Location(s): North Carolina, USA

Commentary: Conjoined twins Millie and Christine McCoy were born in North Carolina in 1851. Known as the “Carolina Twins,” they were subject to countless medical studies that focused on their reproductive organs and anus; their mother was studied as well. Additionally, the two were toured around the country as “medical curiosities,” and this image is the title page of a leaflet their “agents” sold to individuals who came to gawk at them.

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