Cabinet card of Alfred Jackson (ca 1812-1901), President Andrew Jackson’s former slave. A.J. Thuss: Nashville, Tennessee, n.d., ca 1888. Recto imprint below image. Written inscription on verso reads, “Andrew Jackson’s servant who showed us the Hermitage in Aug. 1897. 92 or 94 years old. Sarah Fiske.” Alfred was born into slavery at Jackson’s plantation the Hermitage but continued to live there as a tenant farmer even after Emancipation. In 1889 when the estate turned into a museum, he began giving tours. Upon his death in 1901, he was buried near the tomb of the President and Mrs. Jackson. Alfred’s log cabin still stands at the Hermitage today.
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