John Sella Martin (1832-1876)

John Sella Martin was a minister and abolitionist and was born into slavery in Charlotte, North Carolina. In an eighteen-year period he was sold eight times. Martin taught himself to read and write and used those skills and his employment as a boatman on the Mississippi River to escape. Martin developed a reputation as a powerful orator and militant antislavery speaker who endorsed slave insurrections. He traveled to Europe to raise money for the Union and eventually took a position with a congregation near London. This carte de visite was by J. H. Kay of 57 Argyle Street in Glasgow, Scotland.

1865 circa 5 years
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Carte de Visite
J. H. Kay
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