Piebald People

There were a number of piebald blacks on the exhibition circuit late in the nineteenth century. Most came from the Caribbean. Piebaldism or localized depigmentation is inherited through an autosomal dominant and is permanent from birth. The most common form of piebaldism exhibits a white frontal patch on the forehead accompanied by a white forelock. At the time these individuals were often exhibited as “Leopard Boys” or more ominously as “negroes turning white.”

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Wonderful Spotted Boy, and his Companion (or huge Boa Constrictor.)

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Ashbury Benjamin, the Leopard Boy. Born in Cape Town, South Africa.

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John, Maria, and Rose Anderson.

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Unidentified.

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Ashbury Benjamin, the Leopard Boy. Born in Cape Town, South Africa.

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