Another fragment: let the sticks fall.

Sims, who was friends with P.T. Barnum, knew how to present himself, and the word dandy appears in the literature surrounding him. Against this onslaught of words celebrating his work, where is space to remember Anarcha and the others? In cultural historian Janell Hobson's work on the discourses of black women's beauty, Anarcha's name is indexed -- and Sims isn't. What some might deem an oversight from a historian's perspective might be an act of assertion, a counter-history, a remembering differently.

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----- Petra Kuppers