KENTUCKY COLLECTION: “Aunt Charity” (1900′s)

An African-American woman wearing a long dress and head scarf sits at a table on a porch, writing. A portrait of Abraham Lincoln is propped up on the table. In her 1940 book ‘The Sun Shines Bright, ‘ Thomas recalls that Aunt Charity had been hired to clean Thomas’ mother’s home in Ashland, Kentucky. Noticing the woman’s interest in the portrait of Abraham Lincoln, Thomas taught her how to write his name, then moved the portrait to the back porch to take this photo.

Photographer: Jean Thomas
Item no. 1979.33.0460 in the Jean Thomas, The Traipsin’ Woman, Collection, University of Louisville Photographic Archives.

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