Item: James Forten portrait, 1818

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Record Number: 151
Box/Case: Box 7G(1) Black Leaders A-J, James Forten
Reproduction restrictions: None
Depicted: Forten, James, 1766-1842
Date of Original: circa 1818
Original Format: Watercolors
Reproduction Format: Transparency
Image description: Portrait of James Forten circa 1818. James Forten was a wealthy African American sail maker who employed craftsmen of all races. A contemporary of Absalom Jones, Robert Purvis and Richard Allen, Forten was a leader of the African American community in Philadelphia and a champion of reform causes. The multi-racial American Antislavery Society was first convened at Forten's house at 336-338 Lombard Street in 1833.