Woman Carrying Bundle, Savannah, Georgia, 1873-74

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Edward King, The Great South (Hartford, Conn., 1875), p. 364 (Special Collections, University of Virginia Library)

The woman is descending a staircase by the levee in Savannah; she carries a bundle on her head, a ubiquitous form of burden carrying throughout African America from the earliest times. It is not specified if the woman was a domestic servant. Original sketch made by J. Wells Chamney who accompanied the author during 1873 and the spring and summer of 1874.