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McKoy, Millielocked

(11 July 1851–12 October 1912)
  • Ann T. Keene

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McKoy, Millie (11 July 1851–12 October 1912), and Christine McKoy (11 July 1851–12 October 1912), conjoined twins and entertainers, were born into slavery on a plantation in Columbus County, North Carolina, in the southeastern part of the state. Their parents, Jacob and Monemia, were slaves owned by Jabez McKay, a blacksmith; the twins later adopted McKoy, a version of their master's surname, as their own. Their father was of pure African descent; their mother was both African and Native American. The twins were conjoined at the lower spine and stood at an approximately 90-degree angle to each other; they shared a single pelvis, though each had a full set of limbs. At birth the frail Millie, who weighed an estimated five pounds, seemed to be only an attachment to her twelve-pound sister's back, and henceforth the two were always known as a single "girl" named Millie-Christine, whom other family members referred to as "Sister." As adults they reached a combined weight of 170 pounds....

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