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Millie and Christine McKoy (1851-1912)

John Wood

Meserve-Kunhardt Foundation

Meserve-Kunhardt Foundation
Pleasantville, United States

Born to North Carolina slaves, conjoined twins Millie and Christine McKoy were joined at the hip and shared a part of their spine. Sold to a Southern exhibitor for a colossal $30,000, the girls were billed as the “Two-Headed Nightingale” because of their remarkable singing talents. In P. T. Barnum’s show they became the best-paid human exhibit, earning over $600 a week plus expenses. After the Civil War, Millie and Christine bought the plantation on which they were born and built a home there. Millie and Christine performed all across the U.S. as well as Europe. They so delighted Queen Victoria that she presented them with jewelry.

Details

  • Title: Millie and Christine McKoy (1851-1912)
  • Creator: John Wood
  • Location: New York, New York
  • Physical Dimensions: Cabinet card (albumen), 6 1/2" x 4 1/8"
  • Provenance: The Meserve-Kunhardt Foundation
  • Subject Keywords: Sideshow
  • Type: Photograph
  • Date: ca. 1870

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