Cornelius, Danish Virgin Islands, mid-18th century

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Detail of oil painting (courtesy of Jon Sensbach) held by the Moravian Archives (Unity Archives [Archiv der Bruder-Unitat]), Herrnhut, Germany. Cornelius van de Compagnie, as he is identified on the painting, was born in the Danish Virgin Islands of African parents. He ultimately became a Moravian and a “prominent elder” in the church, functioning as a “helper” or teacher in Christianity to slave congregants. For details, see Sensbach, Rebecca’s Revival (Harvard Univ. Press, 2005), pp. 89, 94 and passim.