Archive for December 1st, 2018

HISTORY HAPPY HOUR: FREDERICK DOUGLASS IN WASHINGTON DC (Sandy Spring Museum @ December 7, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm)

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December 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The remarkable journey of Frederick Douglass from fugitive slave to famed orator and author is well documented, yet little has been written about Douglass’s final years in Washington, D.C.

John Muller, journalist, historian, playwright, tour guide, and policy analyst in Washington, D.C., has developed a specialized knowledge of the history of the Anacostia community, the city’s first sub-division. His book, Frederick Douglass in Washington D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia (2012), was selected as the DC Public Library’s 2013 DC Reads. His articles on the area’s history and neighborhood politics have appeared in Huffington Post, Washington Post and Washington Times, among other publications. Muller and has given programs at the Library of Congress, the Newseum, and other local and national venues.

History Happy Hours include happy hour drinks and snacks.  The series is sponsored by Therrien Waddell Construction Group.

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The Legacy of Frederick Douglass: An Interview with Kenneth B. Morris, Jr. (AAIHS)

*This post is part of our online forum on the life of Frederick Douglass.

Courtesy of Kenneth B. Morris, Jr. (Photo by Steven James Collins).

In today’s post, Christopher Shell, PhD Student in History at Michigan State University, interviews Kenneth B. Morristhe great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass and the great-great-grandson of Booker T. Washington. His mother, Nettie Washington Douglass, is the daughter of Nettie Hancock Washington (granddaughter of Booker T. Washington), and Dr. Frederick Douglass III (great-grandson of Frederick Douglass). Mr. Morris continues his family’s legacy of anti-slavery and educational work as co-founder and president of the Atlanta-based nonprofit Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (@DouglassFamily). The organization brings the guidance of history to the fight against modern forms of slavery. As part of the present-day abolitionist movement. Current FDFI projects include the One Million Abolitionists project, which aims to distribute one million copies of a special Bicentennial edition of Frederick Douglass’s first autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave, to young people across the country. Follow him on Twitter @kmorrisjr.

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