A baby slept in this cradle made by an enslaved person who loved her. Enslaved families made their children’s lives more comfortable by fashioning furniture, clothing, quilts, and toys out of available materials.
Source: Nancy Bercaw, Curator, Slavery and Freedom
The slave-made wooden cradle consists of 5 wooden boards nailed together to form a five-sided bed with open top on 2 rockers. The long sides are sloped, and the short sides have a rounded top edge.
A gelatin silver print of a black family in South Carolina. The three adults stand furthest from the camera; (from left to right) the father, mother, and grandmother of the family. The mother holds an infant in her arms; the father rests his hands on the shoulders of the smallest standing child, a girl. The tallest child, a boy, stands to the far right adjacent to his grandmother; the remaining child, a boy, stands slightly front and left of his brother in a ripped shirt. The background of the family portrait appears to be the wood paneled side of the family's cabin.
This organ was purchased by Mr. Henry L. Long, a Pullman Porter in Seneca, Carolina, in 1911. It was used by his family for gatherings and celebrations.
A parlor style reed or pump organ (2012.7.1a) and mirror (2012.7.1b) made by E.P. Carpenter & Company and owned by Henry L. Long. The organ is made of wood with a natural, medium tone finish showing the wood grain. It has two ornately wrought metal foot pumps at the center bottom of the instrument. The keyboard has 36 white keys and 25 black keys. Above the keyboard is a black panel set into the organ which reads [Carpenter / Company.] on the PR side and [Brattleboro / Vt. U.S.A.] on the PL. In the center are two sets of five stops, each with a different name to indicate which pipes they control. The hutch section of the organ is decorated with wood applique. In the upper middle of the hutch is a horizontal rectangular space for the mirror (2012.7.1b) which is currently detached.