Chang and Eng, the Original Siamese Twins
Today is the birthday of Chang and Eng, the original Siamese Twins. Most famously exhibited by P.T. Barnum, a large portion of their adult lives was spent running their North Carolina plantation (which ran on slave labor until the Civil War). Each of the pair was married and fathered several children. How swingin’ is that?
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