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Cynthia Ann Parker
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This view is the earliest extant image taken of Cynthia Ann Parker (ca. 1825–ca. 1871), who was captured by Comanche Indians when she was nine years old. Parker lived with the Comanches for almost twenty-five years, during which time she adopted the Comanche culture and language, married a chief, and reared a family. Parker and a daughter were 'recaptured' in 1860 during a raid on a Comanche hunting camp. She is best remembered as the mother of Quanah Parker, last chief of the Comanches. This tintype was made in 1861 when Parker was in Austin to petition the state legislature for a pension.

Southern Methodist University, Central University Libraries, DeGolyer Library
Added by: Mike Serpa
11/08/2013
 
 

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