Archive for April 4th, 2018

Unanswered questions abound about Anna (Murray) Douglass … “The First Mrs. Frederick Douglass,” [Colored American, May 12, 1900]

colored American May 12, 1900, Page 11, Image 11-page-001

Historically, historians have neglected, overlooked and speculated about Anna (Murray) Douglass. A new book by ex-communicated W Street Douglassonian Prof. Leigh Fought has advanced research on the women in the world of Dr. Douglass, yet there is still much work to be done.

For example:

  • What do we know about Anna’s siblings?
  • What do you we know about her parents?
  • Did Betsey Bailey know Anna and her family?
  • Did Betsey deliver Anna?
  • What do we know about the friendships, relationships and associations Anna had in Caroline County, Baltimore, New Bedford, Lynn, Rochester and Washington City?
  • What do we know about Anna’s travels back to Baltimore to visit what can be presumed to be her friends and family?
  • Did Helen and Anna know each other?
  • Why do we largely judge Anna, who lived in the 1800s, with a modern temperament and prejudices?

Due to shoddy Douglass scholarship at nearly every turn and recent visits to the Eastern Shore I’ve decided to expand the areas of my research to include everything, including — since this “historical memory” thing is big — the historical memory of Anna Douglass.

The foundational document historians have relied upon for information about Anna is her daughter’s lecture, “My Mother as I Recall Her.” But if we look we can find much more, such as this article from the Colored American which details an event held by the Anna Murray Douglass Union.

SOURCE:

Colored American, 12 May 1900, page 11.

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Community Memorial Service for William Alston-El, Co-Founder of Old Anacostia Douglassonians (Sat., April 7, 2018; 9 AM to 11 AM – America’s Islamic Heritage Museum, 2315 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE)

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Washington Post, ‘Metro’ section, April 4, 2018.

William Alston-El was born in the mud and passed on the mountain top as an original Garveyite and Co-Founder of Old Anacostia Douglassonians.

A legendary presence on the streets of Southeast Washington, an internationally known diplomat of corner men and a proud Moorish American, our dear friend will be remembered by family, friends and those whose humanity he uplifted on Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 9 AM to 11 AM at America’s Islamic Heritage Museum, 2315 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE.

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