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.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s