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Title: Silhouette of Captain Paul Cuffee

Accession Number: 1999.98.1
Type: engraving
Maker: Pole, John
Place: USA
Date: 1812
Materials: paper; ink
Description: Silhouette engraving of "CAPTAIN PAUL CUFFEE, 1812"; engraved by Mason & Maas for Abraham Pennock, from a drawing by John Polk, M.D. of Bristol, England (marked on lower half). This was the frontispiece to the exceedingly rare volume 5 of the periodical , "The Non-Slaverholder" (Philadelphia, ca 1850) which carries the article "A Brief Memoir of Paul Cuffee", by W.J. Allinson; Cuffee (1759-1817) was a son of a slave, and gained his freedom; he founded the first black school in Westport, Mass. and in 1811 he founded the Friendly Society for the Emigration of Free Negroes from America.

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