State Department Lecture: Ebenezer Bassett and Frederick Douglass, African American Leaders in American Diplomacy (February 14, 2018, 12pm to 1:30pm @ United States Diplomacy Center)

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


RSVP required; register using the link:

*Bring a government issued photo ID/RSVP required/Seating is limited

**Professors/teachers may use their own email when registering students.

United States Diplomacy Center, U.S. Department of State

330 21st Street NW

Washington, DC 20006

METRO: Foggy Bottom (Blue, Orange and Silver)

Editor’s Note:

The Life and Times of Ebenezer Bassett
Educational Resources (37 pages) [PDF]

Biography (28 pages) [PDF]

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