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DOUGVC_181121_001.JPG: Frederick Douglass: Life & Legacy
The Many Sides of a Self-Made Man
DOUGVC_181121_010.JPG: Frederick Douglass: Life & Legacy
A Man of the Arts
DOUGVC_181121_015.JPG: Frederick Douglass: Life & Legacy
The World Traveler
DOUGVC_181121_019.JPG: For a man who once, according to some, should have never left his Master's plantation, Frederick took in the sights of world, often with Helen at his side.
DOUGVC_181121_022.JPG: Frederick Douglass: Life & Legacy
DOUGVC_181121_027.JPG: The gallant charge of the fifty fourth Massachusetts (colored) regiment: on the rebel works at Fort Wagner, Morris Island, near Charleston, July 18th 1863, and death of Colonel Robt. G. Shaw.
DOUGVC_181121_048.JPG: The District of Columbia abolished slavery before the rest of the country. As many celebrated, Douglass recognized the work of a reformer was never complete and he constantly sought to advance efforts for universal rights and freedom.
DOUGVC_181121_050.JPG: This 1841 anti-slavery meeting shows an audience much like ones that Frederick Douglass spoke to on many occasions over his decades of civil rights work.
DOUGVC_181121_054.JPG: "to those who have suffered in slavery I can say, I, too, have suffered...
to those who have battled for liberty, brotherhood, and citizenship I can say, I, too, have battled."
DOUGVC_181121_069.JPG: Ed Dwight (c) 1981
DOUGVC_181121_076.JPG: What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciations of tyrants, brass fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade, and solemnity, are, to him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy -- a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages.
DOUGVC_181121_083.JPG: May may combine to prevent cruelty to animals, for they are dumb and can not speak for themselves; but we are men and must speak for ourselves, or we shall not be spoken for at all.
DOUGVC_181121_087.JPG: When I ran away from slavery, it was for myself; when I advocated emancipation, it was for my people; but when I stood up for the rights of woman, self was out of the question.
DOUGVC_181121_091.JPG: It was a great thing for the friends of peace to organize in opposition to war; it was a great thing for the friends of temperance to organize against intemperance; it was a great thing for humane people to organize in opposition to slavery; but it was a much greater thing... for woman to organize herself in opposition to her exclusion from participation in government
DOUGVC_181121_094.JPG: Right is of no sex --
Truth is of no color --
God is the Father of us all, and all we are brethren.
DOUGVC_181121_097.JPG: Frederick Douglass' family
DOUGVC_181121_100.JPG: Moments in Frederick Douglass' life... in excerpts from his autobiography
DOUGVC_181121_106.JPG: A book inspires him
DOUGVC_181121_115.JPG: Helps the underground railroad
DOUGVC_181121_122.JPG: 1845 His first book
1845 Sails to England to avoid capture
DOUGVC_181121_128.JPG: His freedom purchase Dec. 1846
DOUGVC_181121_129.JPG: 1847 Publishes the North Star
DOUGVC_181121_132.JPG: The Best School
DOUGVC_181121_145.JPG: 1848 Joins the cause for women's rights
DOUGVC_181121_148.JPG: 1863 Revels in Emancipation Proclamation
Joins Union Cause
DOUGVC_181121_150.JPG: Enlists Negroes in Union Army
DOUGVC_181121_164.JPG: 1872 Leaves Rochester, NY
DOUGVC_181121_166.JPG: 1877 Appointed US Marshal
DOUGVC_181121_169.JPG: 1889 Minister Resident / Consul General to Haiti
DOUGVC_181121_180.JPG: Feb 20. 1895 Frederick Douglass Dies
DOUGVC_181121_196.JPG: The rangers pointed out that there were pieces of Douglass' beard in the plaster of his death mask.
DOUGVC_181121_214.JPG: Frederick Douglass: Life & Legacy
DOUGVC_181121_219.JPG: Ida B. Wells
Frederick Douglass mentored Ida B. Wells in the final years of his life. He praised the young, outspoken journalist for being unafraid to stand up against mob violence and lynchings.
DOUGVC_181121_220.JPG: Paul Laurence Dunbar
Poet Paul Laurence Dunbar worked for Frederick Douglass during the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893, several years before Dunbar became a renowned writer. Douglass recognized his talent and declared him "the most promising young colored man in America."
DOUGVC_181121_223.JPG: Frederick Douglass: Life & Legacy
DOUGVC_181121_226.JPG: Although the view from Cedar Hill has always been impressive, Frederick Douglass looked out on a different view of his constantly changing and growing community. Anacostia sprawled before his eyes.
DOUGVC_181121_229.JPG: The Anacostia River split Uniontown from much of Washington DC, visible across the river. Frederick Douglass' commitment to his community helped to foster its growth and development.
DOUGVC_181121_232.JPG: Frederick Douglass: Life & Legacy
The Early Civil Rights Leader
DOUGVC_181121_235.JPG: "Let us have no country but a free country, liberty for all and chains for none."
-- Frederick Douglass, 1864
DOUGVC_181121_238.JPG: The District of Columbia abolished slavery before the rest of the country. As many celebrated, Douglass recognized the work of a reformer was never complete and he constantly sought to advance efforts for universal rights and freedom.
DOUGVC_181121_241.JPG: This 1841 anti-slavery meeting shows an audience much like ones that Frederick Douglass spoke to on many occasions over his decades of civil rights work.
DOUGVC_181121_250.JPG: "The family is the fountainhead of all mental and moral influence."
-- Frederick Douglass, 1861
DOUGVC_181121_251.JPG: Frederick Douglass: Life & Legacy
The Family Man
DOUGVC_181121_254.JPG: Anna Murray Douglass
As soon as Douglass was free, he started a family. He married his first wife, Anna Murray, a free woman, shortly after she helped him flee north. From then on, she became an important part of his life. Her skills as a homemaker provided him with the middle class comforts of home many African Americans could only dream of. Together, they raised 5 children, and as a result, 21 grandchildren.
DOUGVC_181121_256.JPG: Helen Pitts Douglass
When Douglass married Helen Pitts in 1884, their interracial relationship was controversial. Even his children were upset. Helen remained his loving partner until his death in 1895, and she worked tirelessly to preserve his legacy by caring for his cherished family home, Cedar Hill.
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