Pierre Toussaint

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Born: 1766
Birthplace: Santo Domingo

He was originally a slave brought to New York City in 1787. Upon his owner's death and the subsequent impoverishment of the widow, he worked as a hairdresser to support her until he was granted manumission in 1807. He continued working as a hairdresser, becoming quite successful, and devoting his earnings and his services to philanthropic causes, personally nursing and providing housing for the needy.

Died: 1853

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