Title: Title page of A narrative of the proceedings of the black people, during the late awful calamity in Philadelphia, in the year 1793: and a refutation of some censures, thrown upon them in some late publications
Artist/Maker: Absalom Jones and Richard Allen
Source: The National Library of Medicine
Copyright/Permissions: Absalom Jones and Richard Allen. A narrative of the proceedings of the black people, during the late awful calamity in Philadelphia, in the year 1793: and a refutation of some censures, thrown upon them in some late publications. Philadelphia: Printed for the authors, by William W. Woodward, at Franklin’s Head, no. 41, Chesnut-Street, 1794. Public Domain
References: Hogarth, Rana A. Medicalizing Blackness: Making Racial Difference in the Atlantic World, 1780-1840. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2017.
Location(s): Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
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–?.
Date: ca. 1869
Source: North Carolina Collection, University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Copyright/Permissions: Public Domain
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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