The Princess Madia

Description

Princess Madia was a captive on the Wildfire, an American slave ship captured by the U.S. Navy in 1860. Originally from the Kwanza North region, Madia was called princess by the Wildfire's crew because of her dignified personal appearance and the deference that she received from some of the captured slaves. The original 1860 photograph, by an unidentified photographer, from which the Harper's image was taken, is published in Ellen Dugan, ed., Picturing the South, 1860 to the Present (San Francisco, Chronicle Books, 1996, p. 30) with a companion image showing Madia, nude from the waist up and displaying her country marks (i.e., scarification patterns) in her abdominal area. The photographs are held by a private collector, but neither is identified in the Dugan volume. See image E027 in relation to the Wildfire. Harper's Weekly: A Journal of Civilization was an American political magazine based in New York City and published by Harper & Brothers from 1857 until 1916. It featured foreign and domestic news, fiction, essays on many subjects and humor, alongside illustrations. It covered the American Civil War extensively, including many illustrations of events from the war.

Source

Harper's Weekly (June 2, 1860), p. 345.

Language

English

Rights

Image is in the public domain. Metadata is available under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International.

Identifier

HW0007

Spatial Coverage

Africa--West Central North

Citation

"The Princess Madia", Slavery Images: A Visual Record of the African Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Early African Diaspora, accessed October 16, 2021, http://slaveryimages.org/s/slaveryimages/item/1507
Princess Madia was a captive on the Wildfire, an American slave ship captured by the U.S. Navy in 1860. Originally from the Kwanza North region, Madia was called princess by the Wildfire's crew because of her dignified personal appearance and the deference that she received from some of the captured slaves. The original 1860 photograph, by an unidentified photographer, from which the Harper's image was taken, is published in Ellen Dugan, ed., Picturing the South, 1860 to the Present (San Francisco, Chronicle Books, 1996, p. 30) with a companion image showing Madia, nude from the waist up and displaying her country marks (i.e., scarification patterns) in her abdominal area. The photographs are held by a private collector, but neither is identified in the Dugan volume. See image E027 in relation to the Wildfire. Harper's Weekly: A Journal of Civilization was an American political magazine based in New York City and published by Harper & Brothers from 1857 until 1916. It featured foreign and domestic news, fiction, essays on many subjects and humor, alongside illustrations. It covered the American Civil War extensively, including many illustrations of events from the war.
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