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Happy Birthday Frederick Douglass

February 15, 2018 – March 2, 2018 all-day
Special Collections Reading Room, Brody Learning Commons M-Level
Happy Birthday Frederick Douglass @ Special Collections Reading Room, Brody Learning Commons M-Level

Frederick Douglass was born into slavery in Talbot County, Maryland, around 1818; the exact date of his birth was unknown to him, but he chose to mark it on February 14. After escaping from Baltimore to the North, he became a key figure in the fight for freedom for Black Americans.

In honor of his 200th birthday, this exhibit highlights some of his many publications, drawn from the Sheridan Libraries’ special collections. First editions of his memoirs published in 1845 and 1855, an 1851 volume of one of the three newspapers he edited, and a scattering of speeches he gave, printed up as pamphlets, demonstrate Douglass’s intellectual brand of activism and his savvy approach to communication.

This exhibit will be on view Monday through Friday, 10 am to 5 pm (Tuesdays til 8 pm), in the Special Collections Reading Room window, through March 2.

Presented by: The Winston Tabb Special Collections Research Center