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Bob Wilkinson, Barber of the Southern Hotel.

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Identifier: N17221

Title: Bob Wilkinson, Barber of the Southern Hotel.

Description: Portrait of Bob Wilkinson, barber of the Southern Hotel. Robert J. Wilkinson owned a popular barbershop in the Planters' House Hotel and was named in Cyprian Clamorgan's 1858 pamphlet The Colored Aristocracy of St. Louis to be one of the forty-three free blacks in St. Louis who, as he described, "move in a certain circle; who by means of wealth, education, or natural ability, form a peculiar class- the elite of the colored people." In the early 1840s Wilkinson moved from Cincinnati to St. Louis and was one of the 1400 free blacks that lived in St. Louis out of the estimated 2100 free blacks at this time in 1850 (information from Dolores A. Kilgo's Likeness and Landscape: Thomas M. Easterly and the Art of the Daguerreotype).

Rights: UND

Place:

Dates: 1860

Type(s): Daguerreotype
Image

Maker/Creator: Thomas M. Easterly

Subjects: Bob Wilkinson
Southern Hotel
Barber
Portrait
African Americans
man
People
black and white
vertical
Daguerreotype
indoors
Barbershops
free black
freedman

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