An Enslaved Man Named Tom
Original Author: Unknown
Created: 1850s or 1860s
Medium: Hand-colored ambrotype

An Enslaved Man Named Tom

Tom, a formerly enslaved man, whose last name is unknown and who labored at Mount Vernon, sits for a hand-colored ambrotype in the 1850s or 1860s. The Thomas Peter family, heirs to  a number of later slaves from the Custis estate, took possession of Tom, who escaped from the Peter household about the time of the Civil War. 

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