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How did a formerly enslaved man become one of the most successful hairdressers in New York City?

Pierre Toussaint (ca. 1781–1853) was born into slavery in Santo Domingo, Haiti. A wealthy French landowner named Jean Bérard brought Toussaint to New York around 1797. When Bérard returned to Haiti and suddenly died, leaving his young widow in New York without means, Toussaint took care of her until her death.

Toussaint supported her as well as his own family by becoming one of the most successful and fashionable hairdressers in New York City. He bought the freedom of his wife, provided shelter for orphans, aided cholera patients, and also donated money to churches.

This portrait of Toussaint—as well as one of his wife, Juliette Noel, and his niece/adopted daughter, Euphemia—are part of our miniatures collection. These detailed paintings are only just over 3 inches tall.

All portraits by Anthony Meucci, ca. 1825, Watercolor on ivory; Gift of Miss Georgina Schuyler.

1) Portrait of Pierre Toussaint, 3 1/4 × 2 5/8 in.
2) Portrait of Mrs. Pierre Toussaint (Juliette Noel), 3 1/4 × 2 5/8 in.
3) Portrait of Euphemia Toussaint, 3 1/8 × 2 1/2 in.
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This post is not about Jews @Pope Anti-Semite lll Quit hijacking other people's posts for your propaganda. As for racism, your hatred for the Jewish race damns you just as thoroughly There's some irony in you bawwing about da jooz "accusing others for their own evil ways." ---said the anti-Jewish bigot complaining about supposed Jewish bigotry. Go be a hypocrite somewhere else.
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Jews owned numerous African men, women and children, and were the primary sellers of African slaves in Jamaica, Trinidad and many Caribbean Islands.
The Marxist Jews tactic for many years now, is accusing others for their own evil ways. Their media publications have slandered European Americans about "racism" "white privilege," "African slavery reparations..."
There are numerous very racist Jews,…More
Jews owned numerous African men, women and children, and were the primary sellers of African slaves in Jamaica, Trinidad and many Caribbean Islands.
The Marxist Jews tactic for many years now, is accusing others for their own evil ways. Their media publications have slandered European Americans about "racism" "white privilege," "African slavery reparations..."
There are numerous very racist Jews, such as the Hasidic, Orthodox...