I recently stumbled upon this invitation searching through the Frederick Douglass papers at the Library of Congress. To some this invitation may be familiar as it appears in Louise Daniel Hutchinson’s seminal work, The Anacostia Story: 1608 – 1930, (page 114) sans bibliography and citations.
This small card is substantial in that it provides an insight into Frederick Douglass’ domestic life in Uniontown. The historic lionization of Douglass has rightfully focused on his national and international influence on political, social, and human rights issues. However, my interest is extrapolating Douglass’ local significance.
No matter how provincial this invitation “card” may appear to be it is nonetheless critical to understanding Frederick Douglass, the Lion of Anacostia, in and of his lair.
Hutchinson understood this.