Absalom Jones
Date: 1810
Medium: Oil on paper mounted to board
Dimensions: 30 x 25 in. (76.2 x 63.5 cm) frame: 34 1/2 x 29 1/4 in. (87.6 x 74.3 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Absalom Jones School, 1971
Object Number: 1971-8
About: The Reverend Absalom Jones was the prominent minister of St. Thomas African Episcopal Church in Philadelphia. Born enslaved in Sussex, Delaware, Jones eventually bought his wife's freedom and was granted manumission. Jones became a founding member of the Free African Society, was ordained the first African American minister of the Episcopal denomination, and helped to organize a school for African American children. His church congregation commissioned this painting from noted Philadelphia painter Raphaelle Peale.
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