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Millie and Christine McKoy were enslaved and conjoined twins in 1851. They were sold when they were only 10 months. Before passing through several hands and eventually gaining their freedom, they traveled across the U.S., Canada, and Britain as “sideshow freaks.” Often referred to as the “Two-headed Nightingales” thanks to their singing abilities, they were treated as objects of curiosity, inspection, and exploitation from the moment of their birth to their retirement from public life. Always impeccably dressed in surviving photos, their lives laid at the intersection of fashion, slavery, and disability studies.

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