Cradle made by an enslaved person

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Created by
Unidentified
Medium
wood, metal
Dimensions
H x W x D: 15 1/2 × 40 × 23 in. (39.4 × 101.6 × 58.4 cm)
Type
cradles (children's beds)
Place made
South Carolina, United States, North and Central America
Date
1795-1830
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
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.
Topic
African American
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
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Furnishings, Housewares, and Décor
Exhibition
Slavery and Freedom
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Concourse 3, C3 053
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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