Three beautiful miniature portraits from the 1820s feature the fashionable hairdresser Pierre Toussaint (ca. 1781–1853), Mrs. Juliette Toussaint (ca. 1786–1851), and their adopted daughter Euphémie (1815–1829). Having transcended their beginnings under French slavery in Saint-Domingue (Haiti), this remarkable family became well known and respected in 19th-century New York City. Pierre Toussaint was declared Venerable by the Catholic Church in 1996.
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