Peter Williams (1750-1823)

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ca. 1810-15
Oil on canvas
Overall: 25 x 20 1/4 in. ( 63.5 x 51.4 cm ) Frame: 30 1/4 x 25 1/8 x 1 7/8 in. (76.8 x 63.8 x 4.8 cm)
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Williams, who was born a slave in New York, was an ardent Methodist and served as sexton of the John Street Methodist Church. He and his wife, née Mary Durham (1748-1821), were given their freedom in 1796 by the Methodist Society, and Williams subsequently operated a successful tobacconist shop on Liberty Street. He supported the establishment of the Zion Church for Negroes in 1801 and was one of the original trustees.
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Creative: Tronvig Group