Java Jolt Lecture: Frederick Douglass & Alexandria [September 20th, 10am]

Courtesy of National Park Service, FDNHS.

Courtesy of National Park Service, FDNHS.

Local historian Jay Roberts will discuss the little known visit Frederick Douglass made to Alexandria on September 24, 1894. Just five months before his death, Douglass – orator, statesmen, influential publisher, social reformer, and champion of civil rights – came to Alexandria. The occasion that brought “the Lion of Anacostia” to Virginia soil was the 31st anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Learn more about this interesting event, sponsored by the Friends of Alexandria Archaeology (FOAA). Light refreshments


  • September 20, 2014 – September 20, 2014
  • Times: 10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Admission: Free!
  • Venue: Alexandria Archaeology
  • 105 North Union Street, #327
  • Alexandria VA 22314
  • Phone: 703-746-4399

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“The Many Faces of Frederick Douglass,” Dr. Celeste-Marie Bernier, Sept. 19, 2014 [Maryland State House Old House of Delegates Chamber

Many Faces of Frederick Douglass _ Sept_1As an individual who was not only a household name but a household image in the nineteenth century, Frederick Douglass made repeated appearances across countless photographic portraits, engravings, lithographs, paintings and sculpture created by both Black and white
artists. Recognising the racist forces at work in the typically grotesquely caricatured visual incarnations produced by white artists, Douglass remained at war against the intellectual, aesthetic, social, moral and political damage resulting from attempts to commodify and objectify not only his own physicality but the corporeal realities of black women, children and men more generally. This lecture will introduce audiences to Douglass’ lesser and even unknown appearances in fine art and popular images.

Maryland State House
Old House of Delegates Chamber
Friday, September 19, 2014


A Valid ID is required to enter the Maryland State House

For General Questions: 410-260-6487

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Frederick Douglass took care of “All money orders and letters on business” for launch of The Commoner

The Commoner, Vol. 1, No. 1 _ 10 Sept. 1875 - money orders to FD“ALL money orders and letters on business must be directed to the editor of THE COMMONER, 316 A street northeast, care of Hon. Frederick Douglass, until further notice.”



The Commoner, Vol. 1, No. 1., 10 Sept., 1875, p. 2


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“The Commoner,” Vol. 1, No. 1 [September 10, 1875]

The Commoner, Vol. 1, No. 1 _ 10 Sept. 1875For more information on George Washington Williams, check out John Hope Franklin’s book on Williams or watch an interview he gave on Williams.

Chronicling America’s entry for The Commoner.

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“The Negroes in the Washington Jail” [Douglass' Monthly, January 1862]

Washington Jail, DM_Jan. 1862

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Clara Barton to Frederick Douglass at City Hall [January 18, 1881]

Clara Barton to FD_Jan 1881 _ 1

Thanks, friend, for kind wishes, kind thoughts and kind words. They smooth the rough places and lighten the shade. And teach tho’ life’s journey seem useless and dreary, it’s struggles for naught to the soul sick and weary. That perhaps in some nook of God’s world, it has “paid.” And so after all it were well that t’were made.

Always sincerely you[r] friend

Clara Barton


Frederick Douglass Papers at the Library of Congress, 1881, Jan. – Jun.; Image 3 & 4 (Series: General Correspondence)

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Interdisciplinary Conference on Frederick Douglass [Abstracts due August 31, 2014]

After walking Cedar Hill in the early morning Douglass would settle at his desk, responding to and beginning new correspondence. Photo National Park Service, Frederick Douglass NHS.Interdisciplinary Conference on Frederick Douglass

The Frederick Douglass Institute (FDI) of West Chester University of Pennsylvania (WCUPA), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, is calling for papers for its interdisciplinary conference on Frederick Douglass to be held on the WCUPA campus on October 15, 2014. WCUPA is the place where Douglass gave his last public lecture, titled “Against Lynch Law” on February 1, 1895, just nineteen days before he died. FDI has commemorated this event with both a historical marker formally issued from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission in 2006, and with the recent dedication (October 1, 2013) of DeBaptiste Plaza, a place for all who come to our campus to reflect on Douglass and his connection to WCUPA, with an impressive, inspiring, life-size statue of a young Frederick Douglass as its centerpiece.

FDI is fortunate to have its 20th anniversary coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which, among other things, represented a Congressional response to American racism that brought a legal end to Jim Crow, forever changing U.S. public policy. FDI considers this a unique opportunity to engage in extensive critical reflection and robust academic discussion about the life and legacy of Douglass, which is so integral to America’s ongoing civil rights struggle. Since the conference is interdisciplinary, papers may address Douglass’s work in relation to a broad range of topics, including, but not limited to the following: the 20th century civil rights struggle, feminism, mass incarceration, human trafficking, and voter ID Laws.

Papers may also address Douglass’s work either on its own or in relationship to other 19th century African-Americans such as David Walker, Ida B. Wells, Henry Highland Garnet, Alexander Crummell, Maria Stewart, etc. Papers are welcome from any academic discipline. Again, the topics listed here are merely examples of what FDI is looking for at our conference. Other topics pertinent to Douglass and his legacy are also welcome.
WCUPA is located in West Chester, Pa. and is the county seat for Chester County, Pa. West Chester, Pa. is approximately 25 miles southwest of Philadelphia, Pa. For those participants who will be flying to the conference, the Philadelphia International Airport is the nearest airport to the university.

Please submit a 250-500 word abstract to no later than August 31, 2014. Authors will be notified of acceptance by September 10, 2014, and completed papers (approximately 3,000 words for 20 minutes of reading time) will be due no later than October 10, 2014.

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