Black Nursemaid, New Orleans, 1873-74

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Edward King, The Great South (Hartford, Conn., 1875), p. 30 (Special Collections, University of Virginia Library)

Describing New Orleans, the author reports that "the negro nurses stroll on the sidewalks, chattering in quaint French to the little children of their former masters--now their 'employers' "(p.30). Original sketch made by J. Wells Chamney who accompanied the author during 1873 and the spring and summer of 1874. Although relating to the post-emancipation period, the scene evokes the later ante-bellum years.