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Pierre Toussaint was born into slavery in 1766 in what is now Haiti and moved with his family and master to New York where he lived until his death in 1853. The Pierre Toussaint Guild was created to advocate his induction into sainthood. The Collection on the Cause for Pierre Toussaint primarily consists of newspaper clippings describing the life and cause for sainthood of Pierre Toussaint, as well as photographs, correspondence, and mass cards related to Pierre Toussaint.