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Portrait of Eliza 'Mammy' Benson and baby Kitty

Description

Eliza "Mammy" Benson holding Catherine (also known as Kitty), the daughter of Baltimore, Maryland, photographer Emily Spencer Hayden. With the deaths of Emily's parents 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.” A formerly enslaved African American, Benson had worked for the Harrison and Spencer families for many years by the time Emily's parents died, and would live with Emily after she married and had children of her own.

Date

circa 1902

Collection Number

PP92

Dimensions

3.5 x 5 inches

Extent

1 print

Resource ID

935

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.