The Wall Street Journal’s Book Review included five paragraphs on Girl in Black and White in a review of three books on slavery and photography, “The Shadow and Substance of Slavery” published on March 30. Illustrating the article was a half-page reproduction of Mary’s image. I got the paper to have the experience of seeing Mary’s image in newsprint, something that was not possible in her childhood.
I’m going to savor this one line: “Mary Williams’s story is a long and intricate one [truth!], ably untangled by Ms. [Um, Dr.] Morgan-Owens.
I wish the reviewer/editors hadn’t used the word “Negroid” to describe Oscar though. Ew.