Envisioning Paul Cuffe

Can you imagine the life of Paul Cuffe?

Ray Shaw, a Westport resident and graphic artist, uses watercolor sketches to help visualize the past. His graphite and loose watercolor ‘storybook’ style challenges the viewer to use their imagination to interpret a given subject.


Paul Cuffe’s father, Cuff Slocum, was born free in West Africa. He was enslaved and brought on a slave ship to Newport when he was 11. He gained his freedom when he was 28. Soon thereafter he married Ruth Moses, a Wampanoag woman from Cape Cod and they had 10 children.

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