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
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 the first African American minister of the Episcopal denomination, and his church congregation commissioned this painting from noted Philadelphia painter Raphaelle Peale. The painting was reproduced hundreds of times, as Jones became renowned for his work as a religious leader, abolitionist, and advocate for education.
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