In recognition of African American History Month and the bicentennial of Frederick Douglass’s birthday, please join the United States Diplomacy Center for a special program exploring the diplomatic careers of two 19th century prominent African Americans who served as U.S. ministers to Haiti: Ebenezer Bassett, America’s first African American diplomat, and Frederick Douglass, abolitionist, writer, activist, civil servant, and diplomat.
Christopher Teal, U.S. Foreign Service Officer and author of Hero of Hispaniola: America’s First Black Diplomat, Ebenezer D. Bassett, will discuss his current project, a documentary on Bassett, after a screening of the upcoming film.
Dr. Ka’mal McClarin, Curator at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, National Park Service, lends insight into Douglass’s little-known diplomatic career. Several artifacts belonging to Douglass during his time in Haiti will be on display.
African American Pioneer Diplomats: Ebenezer Bassett and Frederick Douglass
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United States Diplomacy Center, U.S. Department of State
330 21st Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
METRO: Foggy Bottom (Blue, Orange and Silver)
The Life and Times of Ebenezer Bassett
Educational Resources (37 pages) [PDF]
Biography (28 pages) [PDF]