|Posted by Melissa Houston on August 30, 2012 at 3:25 PM|
This week’s picture is of Chang Yu Sing, exhibited by P.T. Barnum as the Chinese Giant. Chang Yu Sing was well over seven feet tall, and may have been over eight, as the caption on the bottom of the image claims. He was a man of many talents including immense strength, skill at chess, and the ability to speak several languages. Perhaps most interesting, is the fact that he achieved great fame in the United States at a time when people of Chinese descent were facing immense persecution. He came over just a year before the Chinese Exclusion Act, which banned future Chinese Immigrants, was signed.
The "Photo of the Week" highlights pictures from The Barnum Museum’s collection. These pictures are posted on our website at: www.barnummuseumexhibitions.org, along with a brief description of the person, place or thing within the picture. The "Photo of the Week" can also be found on Facebook.