A Female House Servant, New Orleans, ca. 1840
Oil painting showing upper torso and head of female household servant, wearing the mandatory tignon or kerchief. The subject is only identified as a maid of the Douglas family in New Orleans. A New Orleans city ordinance required all black female residents to wear a kerchief . . . over their heads (Campbell and Rice, p. x).
Published in E.D.C. Campbell and K.S. Rice, eds., Before Freedom Came: African-American Life in the Antebellum South (Univ. Press of Virginia, 1991), plate 3, p. 10. Painting held by the Louisiana State Museum, New Orleans.
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North America--Louisiana--New Orleans
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