The Siamese Connection

In addition to cities such as New York, Paris, and London, the renowned nineteenth-century conjoined twins, Chang and Eng Bunker, also toured the American South. The “United Twin Brothers” visited Chapel Hill and nearby Hillsborough in October 1834.

There have been numerous stories, books, plays, and even a musical written about the two and their extraordinary lives. The most recent addition is a documentary film by Josh Gibson, The Siamese Connection, which premiered at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival on Thursday, April 3. The North Carolina Collection provided some of the images and artifacts used in the film. To learn more about the Bunkers, visit the North Carolina Collection Gallery’s exhibit and the University Library’s digital project.


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