22 Stunning Vintage Photos of Beautiful Black Ladies From the Victorian Era

When people of color are erased from popular depictions of historical eras, some folks can come up with a It of excuses for why their images are absent.

But here’s an awesome collection of Victorian era photographs that blow those excuses away. The photographs date from 1860 to 1901, and they show some of the gorgeous and diverse ways that people of color have existed throughout history.

African-American lady with parasol and fan

beautiful black ladies in victorian era

African-American lady with parasol and fan

beautiful black ladies in victorian era

African-American woman from Tallahassee, Florida, 1884

beautiful black ladies in victorian era

African-American women posing with a fan, ca. late 19th century

beautiful black ladies in victorian era

Beautiful lady posing on the arm of chair, ca. 1890s

beautiful black ladies in victorian era

ca. 1890s

beautiful black ladies in victorian era

Lady in white dress

beautiful black ladies in victorian era

Portrait of a beautiful woman, 1899

beautiful black ladies in victorian era

Portrait of a woman of the upper class

beautiful black ladies in victorian era

Young Victorian girl, ca. 1890

beautiful black ladies in victorian era

Portrait of beautiful Victorian lady

beautiful black ladies in victorian era

Young Victorian woman, ca. 1880s

beautiful black ladies in victorian era

Sara Forbes Bonetta, Brighton, 1862

beautiful black ladies in victorian era

Soprano Marie Selika Williams, known as the “queen of staccato,” became the first black artist to perform at the White House, 1878

beautiful black ladies in victorian era

Victorian lady

beautiful black ladies in victorian era

Woman with a fan made of feathers, ca. 1880s

beautiful black ladies in victorian era

Young lady posing with hat

beautiful black ladies in victorian era

Young Victorian girl

beautiful black ladies in victorian era

Victorian lady on a sofa

beautiful black ladies in victorian era

These two classy ladies have set the standard so high

beautiful black ladies in victorian era

Portrait of an African American young woman

beautiful black ladies in victorian era

Before Lupita N’yongo, this darling captured our hearts

beautiful black ladies in victorian era

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