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[Cabinet photograph of Millie-Christine wearing white blouses]

From: Photographs of Millie-Christine.

[Cabinet photograph of Millie-Christine wearing white blouses]

From: Photographs of Millie-Christine.

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Date: circa 1900
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Description:
Millie-Christine (1851-1912), also known as Millie McKoy and Christine McKoy were African American conjoined twins and entertainers. Millie-Christine were born on July 11, 1851, to Monemia and Jacob, slaves owned by Jabez McKay on a plantation in Welches Creek, North Carolina. Around eighteen months after their birth, McKay sold the girls to Joseph Pearson Smith (1815-1862) of Wadesboro, North Carolina. Smith and his wife, Mary Aleff Cooper Smith (1822-1893) educated the twins; they could speak five languages, dance, play music, and sing. During their lifetime, Millie-Christine enjoyed a successful career as "The Two-Headed Nightingale." On October 8, 1912, Millie died of tuberculosis, while doctors euthanized Christine.
Acquired from various sources. For more information refer to the material in the collection.
Abstract:
A cabinet photograph created by Frank Wendt, circa 1900. Wendt was a photographer in the Bowery of New York City, 1893-1897, and Boonton, New Jersey, from 1897-circa 1905.
Physical Description:
1 photographic print : b&w ; 14 x 9.5 cm. on mount 16.5 x 10.7 cm.
Folder:
Folder 5
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The use of this image may be subject to the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) or to site license or other rights management terms and conditions. The person using the image is liable for any infringement.
Curatorial Area: Beinecke Library
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High Resolution (image/tiff)
Object ID: 16349917
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