Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Pierre Toussaint's New York

From the Municipal Art Society of New York:
 Date: Sunday, February 8
Time: 11:00 AM
Pierre Toussaint, a 23 year old slave, arrived in New York in 1797 a refugee from the revolution in Saint-Domingue. He went on to become a society hairdresser and philanthropist--a one-man social service agency. Word around town in antebellum New York was "go to Toussaint" if you were down and out. The Catholic Church says he practiced heroic charity and his cause for canonization is in progress. Join urban historian James A. Sullivan to learn about his remarkable life and the New Yorkers who admired him. Follow Toussaint’s footpaths in lower Manhattan, from Wall Street and Trinity Churchyard to Reade and Franklin Street. The tour will conclude at Old St. Patrick's Cathedral where Toussaint was buried in 1853. Cost: $20 / $15 Members
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