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The portrait of Matthew Henson

The portrait of Matthew Henson


Matthew Alexander Henson was born in 1866 to freeborn sharecroppers. When he was four the family moved from Maryland to Washington DC, but he was still a youth when his parents, Lemuel and Caroline, died. He was sent to live with his uncle, who payed for his education until he died. After his uncles death, Matthew got a job as a dishwasher at “Janey’s Home-Cooked Meals Cafe”