A Peruvian friar noted for his kindness, his nursing of the sick, and his charity, St. Martin the charitable was the child of a Spaniard and a free Black woman. Stigmatized for being biracial and growing up in poverty, he began his study with a barber-surgeon, where he learned bloodletting and the administration of medicines. He used these practices throughout his life in his ministering to the sick as well as the poor, work which he began with Dominican monks in their monastery at the age of 15. Known as the first biracial lay minister in Peru, he distributed food and alms to the poor and needy in Lima thoughout his life and is known as the patron saint of social justice, of multi-racial people and those in search of racial harmony and equal rights for all, of public health workers, and of barbers.
Recast from an antique original found in France, this medal is available in sterling silver, 14k yellow, rose or white gold––simply choose from the dropdown menu during checkout. Can also be engraved with a name or a message, contact us to inquire.
- Patron of: Social justice, of multi-racial people and those in search of racial harmony and equal rights for all, public health workers, barbers.
- Measures approximately 25mm across
- Chain not included––contact us to source one in the style and length of your choosing.
- Handmade in NYC. Please allow 4-6 weeks production time, or contact us directly if you need an order by a certain date.