Directory of Army Correspondents Memorial includes two friends of Dr. Frederick Douglass — Governor Lloyd Lowndes and George Alfred Townsend

GATHLAND _ War Correspondent's Memorial Arch - Lloyd Lowndes

Photo by William Alston-El

Editor’s Note:

Dr. Douglass knew both George Alfred Townsend and Governor Lloyd Lowndes for more than twenty years.

While editor of the New National Era in Washington City Douglass and Townsend traveled in the same circles, sharing space in the press galleries of the Congress and Senate in the early 1870s. GATH often wrote about Douglass for publication and corresponded privately.

I have yet to share information which further details the friendship between GATH and Douglass and I am withholding information which details the friendship between Douglass and Lloyd Lowndes for disclosure at upcoming presentations.

The War Correspondent’s Memorial was unveiled in September 1896, more than a year and half after the death of Frederick Douglass.

Dr. Douglass name is not included. Why?

Could it be that Douglass was a “War Editor”? Could it be that Douglass was technically more of a recruiter than an editor during the Civil War?

I pose these questions not as indictment on GATH but simply in the journalistic tradition of getting in folk business.

Additionally, Thomas Morris Chester, who dined at Cedar Hill and is credited as being the lone (or one of the very select few) African-American war correspondent to write for a major daily newspaper, is not included among the names of correspondents.

Our research team will look into this.

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