Harriet Jacobs Photograph Postcard

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Collect a powerful memento from the Black Dolls exhibition with our exclusive Harriet Jacobs postcard, a perfect way to enjoy history in your home every day. The image is the only known photograph of the formally enslaved author. 4 x 6 inches.

Harriet Jacobs (1813-1897), was an African-American writer whose autobiography, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is considered one of the most important slave narratives ever written. It describes her harrowing account of the human degradation and physical violence of slavery and her dramatic escape to freedom. After reaching New York City in 1842, Jacobs found work caring for the children of writer Nathaniel Parker Willis. 

  • Gilbert Studios, Washington, DC,
  • Photograph of Harriet Jacobs (1813-1897), 1894.
  • Courtesy, Private Collection

Black Dolls (February 25 -- June 5, 2022) explores handmade cloth dolls made primarily by African American women between 1850 and 1940 through the lens of race, gender, and history. Examining the formation of racial stereotypes and confronting the persistence of racism in American history. It features more than 100 cloth dolls, alongside dozens of historical photographs of white and Black children posed with their playthings and caregivers. A coda explores 20th-century commercial dolls marketed to a broader audience of Black families seeking to instill pride in their children. Through these humble yet potent objects, Black Dolls reveals difficult truths about American history and invites visitors to engage in the urgent national conversation around the legacy of slavery and race.

Item Number: 21700