ACH035: Pierre Toussaint was a slave brought from Haiti to New York City in the late 1700s, where he became a celebrated and in-demand hairdresser and even more celebrated philanthropist. Tom and Noëlle Crowe relate how, even after he had the means to buy his freedom, he elected to remain a slave to care for his widowed mistress, among other notable charitable works in his life.
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Links for this episode:
- Pierre Toussaint – Wikipedia
- Venerable Pierre Toussaint | Black and Indian Mission
- Venerable Pierre Toussaint – Archdiocese of Washington
- Pierre Toussaint | Slavery and Remembrance
- Venerable Pierre Toussaint
- Canonizing a Slave: Saint or Uncle Tom? – The New York Times
- Pierre Toussaint (ca. 1781-1853) and Marie-Rose Juliette Gaston (1786-1851)
- Catholic Learning: Ven. Pierre Toussaint
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