Unidentified Afro-American Boy (United States, 1850s?)


Figure 1.--This is a 1/9th plate Daguerreotype of an Afro-American boy. The portrait is not dated. We would guess it was taken in the 1950s, but the early-60s is possible. We don ot know where he was from, but the Union and Constitution case srongly suggest he was a free black from a northern state. The case may also help date the portrait, bit I do not yet have details on this. He is dressed very plainly, with a collar buttoning jacket. Put your cursor on the image to see the case cover.

This is a 1/9th plate Daguerreotype of an Afro-American boy. The portrait is not dated. We would guess it was taken in the 1950s, but the early-60s is possible. We don ot know where he was from, but the Union and Constitution case srongly suggest he was a free black from a northern state. The case may also help date the portrait, but I do not yet have details on this. The design would seem likely to be a popular Civil War design, which would probanly mean the early 60s. He is dressed very plainly, with a collar buttoning jacket. But the dag portrait suggests he was not from a poor family. The boy looks to have had a white father. Could this be a slave boy sent north by his white father? Unfortunately to few of these dags are identified.








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