Lewis Hayden
Original Author: Unknown
Created: Late nineteenth century
Medium: Photograph

Lewis Hayden

Lewis Hayden, an abolitionist and member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1873, is the subject of this late-nineteenth-century photograph. Hayden was born enslaved in Lexington, Kentucky. His first wife, Esther Harvey, and their son were purchased by U.S. senator Henry Clay, who reportedly sold them. Hayden and his second wife and child escaped north, first to Canada, and eventually to Boston, where Hayden established a clothing store and became an active member of the antislavery movement, harboring fugitive slaves in his own house.