[Cabinet photograph of Millie-Christine wearing white blouses]
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- [Cabinet photograph of Millie-Christine wearing white blouses]
- Published / Created
- circa 1900
- Publication Place
- Boonton (N.J.)
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.
Acquired from various sources. For more information refer to the material in the collection.
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.
- 1 photographic print : b&w ; 14 x 9.5 cm. on mount 16.5 x 10.7 cm.
- Extent of Digitization
- This object has been completely digitized.
- Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
- Call Number
- JWJ MSS 100
- Collection Title
- Photographs of Millie-Christine.
- Collection Date
- circa 1865-circa 1900
- Container / Volume
- Folder 5
Subjects, Formats, And Genres
- still image
- Resource Type
- Prints & Photographs
- Subject (Name)
- Subject (Topic)
African American entertainers--Pictorial works
African American women--Pictorial works.
African American women--Portraits.
Conjoined twins--Pictorial works.
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- Photographs of Millie-Christine. James Weldon Johnson Collection in the Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
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