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"Portrait of Samuel Fraunces," by unidentified artist, circa 1770-1785, Fraunces Tavern Museum, New York, NY.
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Oil on canvas of a man wearing a blue, embellished jacket and powdered wig.

Credit: Courtesy of the Fraunces Tavern Museum / Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York, Inc.

Despite exhaustive research, much about Samuel Fraunces' life remains a mystery.  The complexity and contradictions of racial identity in the United States are illustrated by this portrait, on display in the Fraunces Tavern Museum in New York City.

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