@Regrann from @_blacktivistt_ - repost @thefirstpeople
October, 1865 was the birth month of Ella Grigsby (later Williams), later billed as Mme. Abomah, the Tallest Woman in the World.
Abomah was an extremely tall woman who became something of an international celebrity, playing across Europe & Australia &, of course, the United States in the early 1900’s. A good number of photos still exist of her towering elegantly over this person & that. (use the arrows on either side of the photo to view additional pictures)
Several sources say her real name was Ella Grigsby; a newspaper advertisement also calls her “Ella Abomah.” Because Grigsby was the name of her parents’ slaveholder, she was reluctant to use it and sometimes went by the name of Ella Williams. In nearly all sources, she’s known simply as “Abomah.” Originally from Columbia, South Carolina, she didn’t particularly want to leave home to go on the road, but while working as a cook for a well-off family she was finally convinced in 1898 – probably through the waving of cash. Showpeople who were genuine freaks, as they called themselves, could make an excellent wage, especially if they were congenial and could combine their oddity with talents. Basically, if they could “rise above” their affliction and show this to an audience, they could play at the best circuses.
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