Netherland (Mayme C.) Collection

Portrait of an African American woman
Portrait of Mayme C. Netherland, circa 1895, Netherland (Mayme C.) collection, MS 41, African American Museum & Library at Oakland, Oakland Public Library.
Dates: circa 1870s-1912
Collection number: MS 41
Creator: Netherland, Mayme C.
Collection Size: 1.25 linear feet (2 boxes + 1 oversize)

Guide to the Mayme C. Netherland Collection

Available at the African American Museum & Library at Oakland (AAMLO)

Mayme (Mary) C. Netherland (1877-1973) was born to Oscar Thomas Jackson and Mary Ellen Jackson (née Scott) in Oakland, California. Her maternal grandfather, John Scott (1815-1916), was born a slave in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. At the age of 23, he escaped and joined a band of Cherokee Indians. During this time, he helped other slaves escape along the Underground Railroad. After two years of freedom, Scott was caught and sold to Lieutenant Hoskins of the U.S. Army. Scott served alongside Hoskins in the Mexican-American War and was a member of John C. Fremont’s 1844 expedition to California. At the end of the expedition, Scott escaped again and found a rich gold mine in Calaveras County.

The Mayme C. Netherland Photograph Collection includes 41 photographs of friends and family of Mayme C. Netherland. Included in the collection are circa 1880s-1900s tin-type portraits and cabinet card portraits of African American women and men, as well as photographs of Netherland’s grandfather, father and husbands.

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