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Video: Kenneth B. Morris, Jr, grandson of Frederick Douglass, speaks at Rutgers-Newark dedication of Frederick Douglass Athletic Field (April 2019)


Watch the full remarks of Kenneth B. Morris, Jr, the great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass and the great-great-grandson of Booker T. Washington, at the Rutgers-Newark Frederick Douglass Celebration. In 1849, famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass visited the African American community in Newark to fundraise for The North Star newspaper and to rally action around the abolition of slavery.

He gave a speech at the Plane Street Colored Church, located at the site which is now Rutgers-Newark’s Frederick Douglass Field. The site was also a stop on the Underground Railroad.

170 years later, on April 17, 2019, Rutgers-Newark and the city of Newark officially dedicated and celebrated the Frederick Douglass Athletic Field, located at University Avenue between Raymond Boulevard and Warren Street. Douglass’ great-great-great grandson Kenneth Morris, Jr. and descendants of the abolitionist families, that worked alongside Douglass, were at the ceremony.

Visit https://www.newark.rutgers.edu/freder… for details, photos, media mentions and more videos on the event.

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