Oct 9, 2011

Maryland Historical Society acquires rare photos

(stardem.com) Recently the Maryland Historical Society (MdHS) acquired at auction an extremely rare daguerreotype of a Baltimore slave Martha Ann "Patty" Atavis (c.1819-1874) and a tintype of the same woman holding Alice Lee Whitridge, the daughter of Dr. John Whitridge of Baltimore. The items are from circa 1845-1860.
These photographs and the supporting documents acquired help illuminate the realities of urban slavery in Baltimore during the Civil War era. They will be on display in the MdHS library beginning Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Continued