The traveling exhibit From Morning to Night: Domestic Service in the Gilded Age South, examines the role of African Americans in domestic service in the South. Produced by the Maymount Foundation, Richmond, Virginia, the exhibit features large panels with photographs and historical descriptions from America’s Gilded Age (ca. 1880 – 1910) – a time of dramatic social, economic, and technological change.
The exhibit tells the story of a predominantly African-American labor corps that worked primarily in white households as cooks, maids, laundresses, nursemaids, butlers and chauffeurs. With nearly 70 photographs and illustrations, interpretive text and numerous period quotations, the exhibit provides insight into the daily rhythms of service as well as its broader context in the segregated South. The exhibit's focus on everyday interactions between black and white Southerners gives visitors an intimate view of this pivotal period in American history.