"The Beautiful Spotted Negro Boy"

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George Alexander was a black child with a skin pigmentation disorder
known as piebaldism. For much of his short life he was exhibited for
show, described as ‘the Beautiful Spotted Negro Boy’ and ‘a fanciful
child of nature formed in her most playful mood’.

George was born to black African parents who were slaves on a
plantation on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent. From birth George
attracted attention and curiosity, and as a baby he was displayed in
his local town for a fee of one dollar. When he was just 15 months old
he was transported to Bristol where he was delivered into the care of a
travelling showman named John Richardson. He was baptised at Newington Church in Surrey on 22 July 1810.

George was the star attraction in Richardson’s travelling theatre.
He was exhibited at fairs and shows, and was shown privately to wealthy
patrons. Although Richardson was said to have behaved with ‘great
kindness’ George was often exhibited for up to twelve hours a day.

This schedule may have affected his health. George died on 3
February 1813 of a tumour in the jaw. He was buried at All Saints
Church in Richardson’s hometown in Marlow. By his own request,
Richardson was later buried in the same vault as George and their
tombstones were bolted together.

From "A Visible Difference: Skin, Race, and Identity: 1720-1820," an exhibition by the Royal College of Surgeons of England


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Thesw white spots results from a derangement of your normal defense mechanisms against infection. Actually body starts producing antibodies against pigment producing cells of its own skin.
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It's a very sensitive portait too. You can tell that the artist was looking at him as an individual rather than just a specimen.
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The thing I like about this article is how the child was billed as "beautiful" and an example of "nature's whimsy," etc, rather than as a person with a skin disorder. The people back then didn't know this wasn't a "normal" variation, and they liked it. They thought it was pretty. Of course the child was exploited, but he was also loved and admired. A very interesting peek into a different social milieu
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I always told myself that if I was ever going to get a skin condition, I'd pick vitiligo. I frankly think it's beautiful to have such colorful skin!

Gail--I actually work with a woman who is pale, blonde, and blue-eyed. Her brother is tan, black-haired, and has brown eyes. They are both 100-percent related, not half-siblings. And they are both half Hispanic. It's hysterical to see people's reactions, because on their own you wouldn't think they were siblings. But they share so many physical features that the relation becomes glaringly obvious if they are standing together!

I never could understand the whole race thing myself, too. It's just skin, after all, and we're all the same color underneath.

--TwoDragons
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