Framing Shadows

Portraits of Nannies from the Robert Langmuir African American Photograph Collection

The “nanny photographs” in this exhibition, dating from 1840 to 1920, offer early and consistent visual documentation of African American caregivers and white children. These photographs, along with written narratives and visual materials from Rose Library’s book and manuscript collections, supply critical counter-narratives to the well-known “mammy” stereotype and emphasize the undeniable humanity of each of the individuals shown. By looking at these portraits closely, we can tease out new insights into what is, perhaps, the most complex inter-racial relationship in American life.

Curated by Dr. Kimberly Wallace-Sanders


In this interview clip, curator Dr. Kimberly Wallace-Sanders discusses the inspiration behind her “Framing Shadows” exhibit at Emory’s Woodruff Library.

To watch the full interview, go to the resources page.

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Rose Library's exhibit space on the 10th floor of the Woodruff Library.
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