Archive for April 23rd, 2012

Champion Magazine, February 1917, “and he was one of us”

Champion Magazine, February 1917

“What would praise of your achievements be but mockery? We can but kneel, – thankful that such a life was created to enrich the pages of our history.”

Thank you to the Library of Congress for finding this volume!


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President Rutherford B. Hayes position on the “Exodusters” (via The Reconstruction Presidents)

I am not going to touch on Douglass’ position on the “Exodusters” but in reading The Reconstruction Presidents this struck me.

“[President] Hayes maintained an interest in the welfare of black Americans, displaying particular interest in education as a means to provide uplift and opportunity. Education, he believed, extended beyond the classroom. Blacks needed to inculcate the values of ‘industry, self-reliance, self-control, economy, [and] thrift.’ Hayes was not so encouraging when it came to the matter of black migration to the Midwest. ‘Stay where you are,’ he told one Florida black educator. ‘It is not best for you to go to the climate of Ohio or Indiana. You are natives of the South and entitled to remain there. I know you are assaulted and bulldozed, but stick. Time the and the North will set you right.’ — pg. 225

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Are you so serious about Frederick Douglass you’d get his image tatted on your arm?

Jay Johnson's tat of Frederick Douglass.

Meet black memorabilia dealer Jay Johnson of Purcellville, Virginia who runs Soul Source. This weekend I bought an 1828 version of The Columbian Orator from him at the National Black Memorabilia and Collectible Show on the strength that Jay is so serious about Frederick Douglass he has Douglass’ image tattooed on the inside of his right forearm. As they say, “something serious.”

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