A traveling minstrel/troubadour. Playing a string guitar entertaining his audience with music. Notice his troubadour pants and his longer not quite so fitting blouse. You would also see the hats with a feather out the back.
ELIZABETH PROCTOR THOMAS "Aunt Betty" was a free black woman, farmer and landowner in Brightwood in Washington, District of Columbia. Union troops took her land destroying her home, to build Fort Stevens.
Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley (Circa Feb 1818 - May was former slave who became a successful businesswoman (seamstress/fashion designer), civic activist, author and close friend, confidante and advisor to Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of President Abraham Lincoln.