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Eliza 'Mammy' Benson holding Anna Bradford

Description

Eliza "Mammy" Benson holding baby Anna Bradford, the daughter of Baltimore, Maryland, photographer Emily Spencer Hayden. With the deaths of both Braddie and Edward Spencer in the early 1880s, care of the younger Spencer children was left to a woman named Eliza Benson (1836-1921), known as “Mammy.” An African American woman, a freed slave, Benson had worked for the Harrison and Spencer families for many years when the parents died, and would live with Emily Spencer Hayden after Emily married and had children.

Date

undated

Collection Number

PP92

Dimensions

3.5 x 5 inches

Extent

1 print

Resource ID

934

Digital Publisher

Digital resource provided by the Maryland Center for History and Culture

Rights

This digital image is made available here for private study, scholarship, and research. Commercial and other uses are prohibited without the permission of the Maryland Center for History and Culture. For more information, visit the MCHC’s Reproductions and Permissions web page.