Lobengula's Youngest Daughter


This photograph is from the Frank and Frances Carpenter Collection at the Library of Congress. Frank G. Carpenter (1855–1924) was an American writer of books on travel and world geography, whose works helped to popularize cultural anthropology and geography in the United States in the early years of the 20th century. Consisting of photographs taken and gathered by Carpenter and his daughter Frances (1890–1972) to illustrate his writings, the collection includes an estimated 16,800 photographs and 7,000 glass and film negatives. The photograph depicts the youngest daughter of Lobengula Khumalo (1833–93), the second and last king of the Ndebele people (usually pronounced Matabele in English), who ruled over Matabeleland in what is now western Zimbabwe. The photograph was taken in Bulawayo, the leading city of Matabeleland that was founded by Lobengula.

Last updated: May 29, 2013