House Servant, Baltimore, 1861
Caption: The Dandy Slave: A Scene in Baltimore, MD. According to the accompanying article, Whenever a negro can afford it, he dresses well, sometimes quietly and in good taste . . . . One rainy Sunday in Baltimore, our artist saw and sketched one of these dandy negroes escorting home from church his mistress. He was a slave, and this poor old faded woman owned him (p. 307). This man was apparently hired out by his owner and worked as a waiter on steam-boats or hotels; he was, of course, compelled to share his wages with the owner.
The Illustrated London News (April 6, 1861), vol. 38, p. 307.
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