Dennis Doram, Jr., and
Diademia Doram

From the collections of the
Kentucky Historical Society
Accession Number 2000.29.1 (Dennis Doram)
& 2 (Diademia Doram)

Portraits of Dennis Doram, Jr.,
and Diademia Doram, c. 1839

Each painting is 29.25" H x 23" W x 0.75" D

These are oil-on-canvas paintings of Dennis and Diademia Doram. Both of them were born as slaves. 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.