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Augustus Washington was an Artist, Businessman, Missionary, and Teacher/Headmaster of Talcott Church’s Black School.

Born in 1820 in Trenton, New Jersey as a free person of color, Washington was an American photographer and “daguerreotypist” (daguerreotypes were the first publicly available photographic process).

Washington owned his own daguerreotype studio on Main Street in Hartford, a successful business that attracted historically significant patrons such as John Brown and Lydia Sigourney.

Also a teacher and headmaster at the Talcott Street Church School for Black Children, Washington later migrated to Liberia because he had lost faith in America’s will to integrate African Americans as equals.

Washington passed away on June 7, 1875.

Washington’s Gallery Broadside, courtesy of The Connecticut Historical Society