new york state archives


Juan de Pareja
Self Portrait in The Calling of Saint Matthew
Spain (1661)
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Wikipedia says:

Juan de Pareja (c. 1606 in Antequera – 1670 in Madrid) was a Spanish painter, born into slavery in Antequera, near Málaga, Spain…. the son of an enslaved mulatto (mixed-race) woman and Spanish father. He was described as a “Morisco,” being “of mixed parentage and a strange color.” At the time morisco had two possible meanings. It referred both to descendants of Muslims who converted to Catholicism and remained in Spain after the Reconquest, and to the children of a Spaniard and a mulatto.

De Pareja was inherited by Velazquez and became an assistant in his painting after 1631. Velázquez later freed Pareja while they were in Rome during a trip to Italy in 1650. Around the same time Velázquez painted Pareja’s portrait, which is now held in New York. The document of his manumission is held in the state archive of Rome.

@medievalpoc might be interested in this!

Well, huh.  I was curious about various attitudes on suffrage restrictions in the early US–looking for race and income specifics–and kept running into an uncited but repeated statement that, while he was in the New York state legislature, Aaron Burr submitted a bill to allow women to vote.

So I asked my ~~personal connection~~ at the New York State Archives to look this up, and he found nothing of the kind going through the 1784-1785 records of the Assembly, which is when Burr was in the NY state legislature. 

So, welp, don’t believe everything you read on Wikipedia, etc.