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Studio portrait of Pedro Tovookan Parris mounted on dark gray card stock. Reverse of card reads:

"Pedro Tovorkan [sic] of the island of Zanzibar, taken to Portland, Me, rescued from slavery, he lived in the family of Virgil D. Parris at Paris Hill for seventeen years. The son of an African King. "

Please note that USM Special Collections can not confirm all information written on the back of the photograph, however, more information on Pedro Tovookan Parris and Virgil D. Parris can be found by clicking on the following links to external resources:

Pedro Tovookan Parris papers @ Historic New England

Article about Pedro Tovookan Parris, 07/15/2018 Portland Press Herald

Photo of Virgil D. Parris @ Maine Memory


University of Southern Maine Special Collections


Portland, Maine


Pedro Tovookan Parris, Zanzibar, Enslaved, Maine and Slavery, Buckfield Maine, Virgil D. Parris

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Photographic Portrait of Pedro Tovookan Parris



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