African-American women hold white children, most likely in their care. Most of these women are assumed to be either slaves or domestic servants, though one woman is notably dressed in fancy clothes and gold jewelry. The second ambrotype may be a post-mortem photograph of the little boy.
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These sort of images are still prominent throughout much of Africa where black women raise white (and expatriate) children in affluent and privileged neighborhoods.