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Mount Airy, North Carolina
JUNE 2006
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The Original Siamese Twins
Photograph by Penny de los Santos

Born in Siam (Thailand) in 1811, conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker—portrayed in an airbrushed portrait—settled in rural North Carolina after years of touring the world as a novelty act. Attracted to a quiet life out of the public eye, the twins became farmers, owned slaves, married, amassed a small fortune, and built houses for their growing families. Today, Chang's house (background) is still owned by a Bunker family member.
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