Frederick Douglass remarks, “the horses in Janesville are more civilized than the people.”

Horses | ClipArt ETCDouglass, meantime, had been hard at work as editor and lecturer. That spring he spoke in about twenty cities in Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin.

A reception was given him, on February, in Chicago, where he told about ” Self-made Men;” and his whole trip was a pleasant one, except at Janesville.

There he and the two colored men who accompanied him were put at a table by themselves, in full view of all the rowdies in the bar-room. Douglass soon said, loud enough to be heard by all the crowd, that he had made a great discovery in the stable.

“I saw black and white horses eating there in peace, out of the same trough; and I infer that the horses in Janesville are more civilized than the people.”

The by-standers laughed good-naturedly; and there was no color-line across that dining-room afterwards.


Holland, Frederick May. Frederick Douglass: The Colored Orator (1895)

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