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Title [Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hicks of Sandy Ground]
Object Name Print, Photographic
Date ca. 1893
Collection Staten Island Geographic Collection
Description Original B&W print (now sepia tone) on black cardboard mount. View of an African-American man and woman seated in a cart pulled by an ox. They are identified in a related photograph as Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hicks of Sandy Ground, Staten Island. They both look toward the camera; Mr. Hicks is smoking a pipe and holding the reins of the cart. In the background at left, part of a house is visible; in front of the house are wooden barrels, metal pails, wicker-covered bottles, and a ladle hanging on the wall next to the door.
(Keywords: New York, Rural)
Print size 4.625 x 6.625
Acquisition Gift of George Slaight
Ownership and History Sandy Ground is a Staten Island community which was founded in the early 19th century by free black people who were engaged in agriculture and trades, particularly oystering. According to the 1865 census, oysterman Harry Hicks was born in Brooklyn; his wife, Maria, was a native Staten Islander.
Earliest Date 1890
Latest Date 1895
Subjects Transportation
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Hicks, Harry
Catalog Number 50.006.0003
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, July 2015.
Legal Status Items represented here are from the collections of the Staten Island Historical Society. Materials reproduced for personal non-commercial use must credit the Staten Island Historical Society. Commercial licensing is available.