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Joseph B. Starkweather [Attributed to]
African American Miner Working a Long Tom
Daguerreotype, 1/4 plate
California State Library
Record no: 001379055
Description from the California State Library website (Accessed: 1 July 2010):
By 1852, when Starkweather probably made this mirror image, African Americans who worked in the mines either purchased or were given their freedom. Notice the canvas hose supplying water to his long tom. Starkweather probably made this image in the Auburn Ravine area.
This image has occassionally been published bearing the title "Andy at the sluice box", which appears to have originated with copy photographs captioned in the 1920s by California historian Albert Dressler. The subject's name is not known.