Mammy Lucy
Original Author: David Hunter Strother, artist; Bobbett & Edmunds, engraver
Created: 1851 edition shown here
Medium: Engraving

Mammy Lucy

This engraving of "Mammy Lucy," a character in John Pendleton Kennedy's Swallow Barn, or A Sojourn in the Old Dominion (1832), depicts an elderly enslaved woman holding a handkerchief in one hand and "a short and dingy pipe" in the other. In Kennedy's romantic evocation of plantation life, Frank Meriwether, the kindly owner of the plantation, visits the old woman in her cabin and listens attentively to her story of a nightly apparition involving her lost son. Happy to see her owner she greets him with, "God bless the young master!"