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Benezet Instructing Colored Children

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Benezet Instructing Colored Children

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Few likenesses exist of Anthony Benezet, the 19th century teacher and abolitionist. A humble man who considered himself homely, he once declined a request to sit for a portrait by saying, "O no, no, my ugly face shall not go down to posterity." In his 1817 biography of Benezet, abolitionist Robert Vaux described him as a small man with a face "that beamed with benignant animation."

This engraving of Benezet, taken from a book published in 1850, shows him teaching two black children, a calling which he joyfully pursued for half a century.

Image Credit: by permission of the Houghton Library, Harvard University

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