Pictures -- Selim the Algerine
Selim the Algerine, a classically educated North African who was captured and sold into slavery In New Orleans by pirates, escaped from his Indian captors in Ohio and became a favorite among Virginia's gentry elite during the late 1700s.
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Gov. John Page
Shown in this portrait by Charles Willson Peale, Virginia Gov. John Page thought so highly of the classically educated North African Selim the Algerine that he commissioned a portrait of his learned friend and displayed it prominently in his famous mansion at Rosewell Plantation in Gloucester County.