Title

Brief biographical sketch of Pedro Tovookan Parris, who was captured as a boy in

Authors

Leigh Donaldson

Source

Portland Monthly

Date

9-2005

Pages

54-55

Abstract

Brief biographical sketch of Pedro Tovookan Parris, who was captured as a boy in his native eastern Africa and later transported to Rio de Janiero by Captain Cyrus Libby of Scarborough aboard the vessel "Porpoise." Libby was subsequently charged with slave trading in the U.S. Circuit Court of Portland. The case was dismissed in 1846, and Virgil D. Parris, Maine's U.S. Marshall, essentially adopted Pedro into his family. Pedro illustrated his tumultuous life in an 1850 canvas depicting his progression from captivity to his life as a free American.

Subjects

Scarborough, Libby, Cyrus

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