This was my favorite Notable Missourian book to illustrate out of the 2015 series. Jeffrey Deroine was a fascinating guy. Born a slave, Jeffrey had a natural gift for language. As a teen he was owned by a fur trapper who used Jeffrey's communication skills to negotiate trades with native peoples such as the Ioway tribe. Starting with simple exchanges such as these, Jeffrey and the Ioway would form a strong friendship. A friendship that would ultimately help Jeffrey to become a free man, travel the world, and own property - very rare things for a former slave during the early 19th century.
This illustration is for the Notable Missourian book on Jeffrey Deroine, published by Truman State University Press.