Archive for December, 2019

“The Radical Friendship of T. Thomas Fortune and Frederick Douglass” (February 8, 2020 in Red Bank, New Jersey)

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December 19, 2019


Gilda Rogers: / 732.383.5483
John Muller: / 202.236.3413 


 The Radical Friendship of T. Thomas Fortune and Frederick Douglass

Saturday, February 8, 2020 

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Thomas Fortune Foundation  and Cultural Center 

94 Drs James Parker Boulevard 

Red Bank, New Jersey 07701

Paramount to the study and discussion of the history of American Journalism, and the pantheon of the Black Press, are the careers and contributions of Frederick Douglass and T. Thomas Fortune.

Douglass took an active role mentoring and supporting Timothy Thomas Fortune, forty years his junior, while a law student at Howard University in Washington, D.C. in the 1870s. With the development of the first national organization for African-American journalists and editors, Douglass and Fortune worked side by side. Sharing platform stages in cities from Virginia to New Jersey, Douglass and Fortune developed a friendship across generations and geography. In 1892 Fortune visited Cedar Hill, the Washington, D.C. home of Douglass, and wrote one of the most revealing and personal newspaper profiles of the Lion of Anacostia.

Visit the recently opened T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center, a National Historic Landmark, to hear locally and internationally known Douglassonian scholar and author John Muller, with thought-provoking detail, present about their their relationship discussed through primary sources, including an 1886 letter in which Fortune wrote to Douglass: “I shall hope always to be remembered among your friends …”

Q&A will follow what promises to be a memorable one-hour presentation.

**Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served availability. While online registration is free, there will be a suggested donation to support ongoing activities and operations of the T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center. ***

$10General Admission / $5 Seniors, Students, Veterans,  Journalists & Teachers

Featured Presenter:

John Muller, author of Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia (2012) and Mark Twain in Washington, D.C.: The Adventures of a Capital Correspondent (2013), has presented widely throughout the DC-Baltimore metropolitan area at venues including the Library of Congress, Politics and Prose Bookstore, Newseum, American Library in Paris, Enoch Pratt Library, DC Public Library, Frederick Douglass National Historic Site and local universities. Muller is a frequent guest on Washington, D.C. radio stations and has been cited by the Washington Post, Washington City Paper and other publications for his local history research and subject expertise. He is currently working on a book about the lost history of Frederick Douglass on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Muller has been featured on C-SPAN’s BookTV and C-SPAN’s American History TV, as well as in the pages of the Washington Post, airwaves of NBC4 (Washington) and radio stations WPFW (DC), WAMU (DC), WYPR (Baltimore) and Delmarva Public Radio (Eastern Shore).

For the past decade Muller has contributed hundreds of articles to local and national print and online news sources, including the Washington Informer.


The T. Thomas Fortune Foundation is an organization comprised of concerned citizens from New Jersey, some of whom have been working together since 2008 to bring awareness to the plight of the T. Thomas Fortune House, a National Historic Landmark, located at 94 Drs. James Parker Blvd. in Red Bank, New Jersey.

Over the years, we have held fundraisers, T. Thomas Fortune Symposium, a few “People Speak” events, Fortune birthday celebrations and made many school and public library presentations. 

We are grateful for all the support we have received since the opening of the T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center on May 30, 2019. We are anticipating Mr. Muller’s presentation to provide a greater historical perspective on the collaborative work and relationship of T. Thomas Fortune and Frederick Douglass. 

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Hager Institute for Advanced Study at Texas A&M University, “FREDERICK DOUGLASS, ABRAHAM LINCOLN, AND THE CIVIL WAR”

Hagler Institute For Advanced Study at Texas A&M UniversityDr. Robert Levine will explore the relationship between the African American abolitionist Frederick Douglass and President Lincoln. Why did Douglass initially distrust Lincoln? What happened when they met during the Civil War? Why didn’t Lincoln name Douglass the Union Army’s first black officer, despite his initial promise? How did Douglass eventually come to regard what he termed “the white man’s president”? These are among the questions he will take up in the TIAS Eminent Scholar Lecture. By focusing on Douglass’s sometimes conflicting autobiographical writings about his encounters with Lincoln, Dr. Levine will offer a new perspective on a fascinating relationship between two great American leaders.

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Editor’s Note:

The University of Maryland, although having a statue of Frederick Douglass on campus and professors such as Prof. Levine, has never connected with the author of Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia (The History Press, 2012).

We are in touch with university administrators as well as retired professors. I’ve never had chance to speak to Mr. Levine but I admire his first book on Douglass and Delany.

It is our opinion his second book, a comparative textual analysis of the biographies of Frederick Douglass, is much ado about not much. It is scholarship in the abstract and not pertinent to our work of returning the history to the community.

Additionally, Prof. Levine, as well as other professors from the Ivory Towers, do not know how to truly read Douglass despite their slicing and dicing and comparing the 1845 telling of a scenario to the 1892 telling of the same scenario.

Time will demonstrate what Prof. Levine, and others, have done or not done to advance and uplift the study of Frederick Douglass.

We prefer the work of historians Benjamin Quarles and Philip Foner as the standards in which to exemplify in Douglass Studies.

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