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Nurse for the Minor family, Amherst County, c. 1850

Slave nurses, usually older women, were respected for their skill by black and white alike. They cared for other slaves and also for white family members, using herbal remedies and sometimes patent medicines.

Copy of daguerreotype courtesy of Special Collections, University of Virginia Library

2 Responses to Nurse for the Minor family, Amherst County, c. 1850

  1. Gwen Minor says:

    I am taken with this person. I wonder if we might share the same family tree. Thank you for posting her.

    Yours Truly,
    Gwen

  2. K Alexander says:

    The woman above is carding fibers (cotton, flex or wool) which will be used for spinning and then used for weaving.

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