History of
Cornrow Braiding
Middle Passage 2.c
Cornrow Curves Cross the Middle Passage
White and White (1998) note the variety of hairstyles described in runaway slave notices posted in the 1700s, and suggest that some of the more flamboyant styles were worn as outright acts of defiance. In the north free African Americans also wore a variety of styles. The first African American “man of science,” Benjamin Banneker, is shown in this etching wearing what today would be called a “natural.”
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