Joice Heth

Joice Heth

Unlike some of Barnum's other sideshow acts, like William Henry Johnson, ('Zip the Pinhead') or Charles Sherwood Stratton, ('General Tom Thumb'), Joice Heth was enslaved during the time of her exhibition, and had no say in her treatment or how she was presented to the public.

Most of Barnum's dialogue comes from the pamphlet he published, The Life of Joice Heth.

Note for sensitive readers: The next six pages continue to bear trigger warnings for racism and slavery.