Original Author: Unknown
Created: ca. 1865
Medium: Daguerreotype

Charles Syphax and Grandson

In this daguerreotype made circa 1865, Charles Syphax holds his grandson William B.Syphax. The elder Syphax had been enslaved at Mount Vernon. After the death of Martha Washington, Syphax, then about nine years old, moved to Arlington House along with a number of other enslaved people to serve George Washington Parke Custis, the stepgrandson of the first president. Syphax married Maria Carter, who was the daughter of Custis and an enslaved servant.

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