Discovering an Enslaved Artist and His Masterpiece

Juan de Pareja was a Spanish slave and apprentice to a renowned painter who became an accomplished artist in his own right.

Painting of slave Juan De Pareja by his master Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez Wikipedia Commons

Vivian R. Johnson, Ed.D., is a retired associate professor of education from Boston University with a lifelong interest in the African Diaspora.

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