Archive for August, 2014

“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


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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

DC Public Library, Washingtoniana Division

“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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