How the public autopsy of a slave Joice Heth launched P.T. Barnum's career as the Greatest Showman on Earth

  title={How the public autopsy of a slave Joice Heth launched P.T. Barnum's career as the Greatest Showman on Earth},
  author={James R. Wright},
  journal={Clinical Anatomy},
P.T. Barnum's career as the Greatest Showman on Earth began in 1835, when he “leased” and then publically exhibited a frail African American slave Joice Heth, who was reportedly the 161‐year‐old former nursemaid of George Washington, throughout New England; the contract was a lease, as slave ownership had recently become illegal in northern states. Barnum exhibited Heth 6 days a week for up to 12 hr a day. Under this grueling schedule, Heth became ill and died while under contract. Barnum sold… 
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