Identified in Peter Mesenhöller, "Augustus F. Sherman: Ellis Island Portraits 1905-1920" (c. 1905) from another print that bears a caption: Thumbu Sammy, aged 17, Hindoo, ex S.S. Adriatic, April 14, 1911.
Shew Persaud's Naturalization Petition
Shew Persaud was born in Georgetown, Guiana's colonial capital, in 1881. After arriving in the United States on a ship that sailed via Barbados, he petitioned to become a U.S. citizen twice, in 1917 and 1924. The first time, he was working as a dishwasher and living in West Harlem, separated from his wife, who was still in British Guiana.