Ambrotype of African American Woman with Flag

The woman pictured in this ambrotype (a photographic process on glass that had only a few years of commercial success), is believed to be a washerwoman for Union troops quartered outside Richmond, Virginia. This rare photograph of an African American woman shows her in her best dress, with an American flag pinned to her bodice. The flag has often served as a symbolic, as well as a political, statement, especially for African Americans.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
overall: 9.5 cm x 8.2 cm x 1.6 cm; 3 3/4 in x 3 1/4 in x 5/8 in
place made
United States: Virginia, Richmond
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Civil War
Civil War
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Culture and the Arts: Photographic History
Civil War
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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