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Object Name Print, Albumen
Title Former slave "Sister" Fanny Bright
Catalog Number 2005.004.00003
Description albumen print, former slave, "Sister" Fanny Bright, taken in 1888
Image of a black older woman wearing a turban sitting next to a fireplace. Her head is down and she appears to be looking at the bowl she is holding in her lap. Various cooking pots and fire impliments are to her left. On back, written in pencil, is: "'Sister Fanny Bright - One of the old slaves who never left my grandfather's place occuping in her fire place (she scorned the stove 'liked her ashes best. I took this picture when 17 at Sherwood. my home then". Below, also written in pencil but in a different hand reads: "The above writer is Minna Dimmock (m. Clinton Graham). She was born in 1871 so the picture is from 1888
Print size 5" x 4"
Photographer Minna Dimmock
People Bright, Fanny
Dimmock, Minna
Graham, Minna Dimmock [Mrs. Clinton]
Selden, Robert Colgate
Provenance Photograph of former slave Fanny Bright, taken at her fireplace in her home at Sherwood Farm, Gloucester County, Virginia. She never left Sherwood Farm, the home of Robert Colgate Selden.

She appears in the 1880 Federal Census, living in Abingdon, Cloucester County, Virginia, age 50, and is listed with her husband Daniel, age 65. They also appear in the Freedmen's marriage certificates, 1865-1869, at which time she was listed as 35 years old and he was listed as 55 years old. It is estimated she was born about 1830.
Search Terms Sherwood
Gloucester County, Virginia
free blacks
former slaves
Subjects African Americans
Cast ironwork
Cooking utensils
Free African Americans
Free people of color
Pots & pans
slavery (tentative)
slaves (tentative)