Posted on 01/21/2008

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Ms. Schmidt
Sioux Tribe
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Vintage Portrait
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Photographed by black photog, Harry Shepherd
circa 1899
Dakota War of 1862

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Snana and Mary Schwandt Schmidt

Snana and Mary Schwandt Schmidt
*This has nothing to do with Black History but the women and their story and place in history is so riveting to me I decided to include it*

Snana (Maggie Brass) saved Ms. Schmidt during a 'Sioux outbreak' in 1862. They became life long friends.

The lives of Mary Schwandt, a 14-year-old German American, and Snana (Maggie Brass), a 23-year-old Dakota woman, became intertwined during the war. Mary’s parents and all but one of her six siblings were killed in Renville County on August 18. Mary was taken captive by a soldier from the Lower Sioux reservation.

Maggie’s seven-year-old daughter, Lydia, had died six weeks before the war broke out. Maggie arranged to have Mary Schwandt released from her captors, and then protected her from harm for the remainder of the war by hiding her and dressing her in Dakota clothing. Each of the women later wrote a memoir; in hers, Mary wrote to Maggie, “I want you to know that the little captive German girl you so often befriended and shielded from harm loves you still for your kindness and care.”

Harry Shepherd, Photographer
Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers 1840 to the Present; by Deborah Willis.

This could be such a wonderful history to lean !
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~Kicha~ has replied to Nylonbleu
That's so true, thank you!
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