Born in 1737, Caesar spent his long life on the Rensselaer Nicoll estate near Albany, where he served several generations of masters. He was allowed to retire at the age of 80, ten years before all slaves in New York were emancipated, and remained with the Nicoll family until his death in 1852, at the age of 115 years. Whether the family ever told Caesar that slavery was abolished in New York in 1827 is debatable. Caesar was persuaded by the Nicoll family to sit for this daguerreotype shortly before he died. It is one of the first photographic images of a black American.
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