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Unknown Black woman, half-length portrait with oval brass protector [tintype]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05111.01.0493 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: [s.l.] Type: Photograph Date: Pagination: 1 tintype 8.2 x 7.2 cm

Summary of Content: The woman wears a skirt and blouse with a rope belt, earrings and a broach. The jewelry has been painted gold.


Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Women's HistoryAfrican American History

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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