Toussaint, Pierre, 1766-1853?

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Pierre Toussaint (1766-1853?) was born a slave in Haiti (then Saint Domingue) and came to New York City in 1787 with the family of Pierre Berard. After becoming a successful hairdresser, Toussaint supported the Berard family and bought the freedom of many slaves. A devout Roman Catholic, Toussaint contributed to Catholic schools and orphanages, was a founding member of the first French Catholic Church in New York City, and helped poor black youths and the victims of yellow fever. In 1951 a petition was begun for his canonization.

From the guide to the Pierre Toussaint papers, 1793-1853, 1822-1853, (The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division.)

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referencedIn Tarry, Ellen, 1906-2008. Ellen Tarry papers, 1937-1999 (bulk 1970-1980) New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn The records of the Catholic Interracial Council of New York. Catholic University of America
referencedIn Harris, M. A., 1908-. Middleton "Spike" Harris papers, 1929-1977. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Pierre Toussaint papers, 1793-1853, 1822-1853 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
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associatedWith Catholic Church corporateBody
associatedWith Harris, M. A., 1908- person
associatedWith Tarry, Ellen, 1906-2008. person
associatedWith Toussaint, Euphemie, 1815-1829 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
New York (N.Y.)
Slavery--United States


Birth 1766

Death 1853-06-30



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