John B. Russwurm (1799-1851).
19th c American Realist Painting
(c. 1500 - present)
Oil on canvas
Washington DC. National Portrait Gallery.
Russwurm was born in Jamaica the son a slave and an American merchant. He graduated from Bowdoin in 1826 and became the editor of the first black newspaper in the US. In 1836 he became governor of an area in Liberia.