These are oil-on-canvas paintings of Dennis and Diademia Doram. Both of them were born enslaved. But, they became a wealthy and well-known couple. Dennis owned a rope factory and a hemp business. He helped found the Caldwell School for Women in Danville. The portraits were painted by Patrick Henry Davenport. These portraits may be the only paintings of African Americans that he painted.
This resource is part of the A State Divided: Exploring the Civil War Through Images collection.