Camille Owens: Child prodigy “Bright” Oscar Moore

Camille Owens
October 3, 2016

Camille Owens, a graduate student in African American Studies, pieces together the biography of “Bright” Oscar Moore, a black child prodigy who toured and performed in the United States during the late 19th century.  After discovering a cabinet card photograph in the Randolph Linsly Simpson African-American Collection at the Beinecke Library, Owens sought to learn more about Moore’s life and career.  Her research has become a fascinating interdisciplinary project that addresses race, disability, prodigy, and memory.

Reprinted from Yale University Library News