Middlesex. T. Hall. 1795. D&H 27. R
Mrs Newsham penny token.
Description: Good extremely fine. Thomas Hall, Copper Penny. Considerable lustre remains.
MRS. NEWSHAM THE WHITE NEGRESS around, without necklace , rev T. HALL CITY ROAD NEAR FINSBURY SQUARE LONDON 1795, with THE FIRST ARTIST IN EUROPE FOR PRESERVING BIRDS BEASTS & : around, edge MANUFACTURED BY W. LUTWYCHE BIRMINGHAM. X.
Amelia Newsham was an albino slave in Jamaica, sent on to London as a present from her master to his son. She was then acquired by two men who began to display her at fairs throughout Britain. By 1795 she was being exhibited by Thomas Hall at his City Road address, and later at other venues. Mrs Newsham continued to exhibit herself after she gained her freedom, and later married an Englishman with whom she had six children.
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