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Peter Williams (1750-1823)
Date: ca. 1810-1815
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Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: Overall: 25 x 20 1/4 in. ( 63.5 x 51.4 cm ) Framed: 30 1/4 × 25 1/8 × 1 7/8 in. (76.8 × 63.8 × 4.8 cm)
Credit Line: New-York Historical Society
Object Number: X.173
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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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Lent to the National Portrait Gallery in 1973