Cradle made by an enslaved person

Created by
Unidentified
Date
1795-1830
On View
Concourse 3, C3 053
Museum MapsObjects in this Location
Exhibition
Slavery and Freedom
Medium
wood, metal
Dimensions
H x W x D: 15 1/2 × 40 × 23 in. (39.4 × 101.6 × 58.4 cm)
Caption
Cradle, ca. 1830
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
Description
A wooden cradle made by an enslaved person consisting 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.
Place made
South Carolina, United States, North and Central America
Classification
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Decorative Arts, Craft, and Design
Type
cradles (children's beds)
Topic
Children
Craftsmanship
Domestic life
Families
Slavery
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2013.46.3
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd576cf2876-5799-47b2-ad21-4344281e752a
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