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2 Tennessee Photographic portraits of African Americans. 1st item: Thuss cabinet card photograph of "Uncle" Alfred Jackson (born about 1802-d. 1901), slave to President Andrew Jackson, and historian of his home, The Hermitage. This image, taken about 1890, depicts Uncle Alfred sitting in a chair, looking straightforward at the camera. It is inscribed in pencil en verso "The old body servant of Gen. Jackson" and in colored pencil "No. 4". Thuss studio stamp on front. This image is featured in the book Nashville: From the Collection of Carl and Otto Giers, Volume II", page 68, James Hoobler. Alfred was born into slavery at the Hermitage and stayed on through Jackson's death, emancipation, and the eventual transfer of the home to the Ladies Hermitage Association. His memories from the early days of Tennessee statehood through Jackson's military and presidential career, the deaths of Rachel and Andrew Jackson, the Civil War, and Reconstruction, were essential in turning the house into a Presidential Historic Site. He often gave tours of the property and has been called "the first curator of the Hermitage." 2nd item: Albumen print, 6" x 9", mounted on card, of an African American woman wearing a turban on her head and holding a fan and cane; she is depicted seated with her elbow resting on a table. Signed lower right "Giers copy". This print is featured in the book Nashville: From the Collection of Carl and Otto Giers, Volume II, page 42. The author James Hoobler suggests that the sitter may be that of Hannah, Andrew Jackson's slave. Circa 1890. Provenance: the estate of Giers descendant Sarah Hunter Hicks Green, formerly of Historic Devon Farm, Nashville, Tennessee. CONDITION: 1st item: loss at lower right corner, image toned, with some grime. 2nd item: losses to upper right and lower left corners of card, lower edge stained; image intact and in good condition with some scattered grime.