Chang and Eng by Holley Bakich

In this piece, I depict the brothers who are the basis for calling conjoined twins “Siamese twins” because they were born in Thailand, then known as Siam. The brothers exhibited extensively with P.T. Barnum and made a fortune. They eventually settled in North Carolina and married sisters. Every 3 days they lived in the other brother’s home with his wife and family. Altogether they fathered 22 children. Chang was often ill, and one fateful night died, leaving Eng tethered to a corpse until he also died 3 hours later. The doctor couldn’t get there in time to separate them, which, with the Civil War-era medical technology, might not have worked anyway.