*July 3, 2020* Douglassonians, Washingtonians and Families Take Back Lincoln Park -> Nathan M. Richardson as Frederick Douglass delivers “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” (1852)

Nathan M. Richardson as Hon. Frederick Douglass in Lincoln Park, June 26, 2020. Photo Bruce Guthrie.

Nathan M. Richardson as Hon. Frederick Douglass; Lincoln Park in Washington City, June 26, 2020. Photo Bruce Guthrie.


July 1,  2020


John Muller: 202.236.3413 / jmuller@ggwash.org

Co-organizer; author of Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia (2012)

Nathan M. Richardson: 757.535.1505 / poetnathan1960@gmail.com

Educator, retired United States veteran, Hon. Frederick Douglass reenactor 

Kenneth B. Morris: kmorris@fdfi.org

Educator, grandson of Booker T. Washington & Frederick Douglass

Denise Rolark Barnes: denise@washingtoninformer.com

Publisher of The Washington Informer; Washington Informer Charities


Nathan M. Richardson


Hon. Frederick Douglass

 “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” (1852)

 Douglassonians, Washingtonians and Historians Take Back Lincoln Park

 Friday, July 3, 2020

6:30PM – 8PM

Lincoln Park (Emancipation Park)


11th & East Capitol Street

After saving the Freedmen’s Monument from threat of being “burned” last Friday by a foul-mouthed Harvard underclassman, Nathan M. Richardson will return to Lincoln Park this Friday evening, July 3, 2020 as Frederick Douglass to deliver excerpts of “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” (1852)

To continue to demonstrate in respectful solidarity and recognition of the history of Lincoln Park in Washington, D.C. members of near and far Douglassonian communities are called to assemble for another emergency and necessary community dialogue. Members of local, national, regional and international organizations have been invited and are expected to speak; all respectful speakers are welcome, including students and seniors. Use of appropriate language is expected on behalf of community elders and children; proper language will be enforced by Douglass Honor Guard.

The history of Frederick Douglass & Abraham Lincoln will be shared, including the meetings of Douglass and Lincoln in 1863 and 1864 in the White House, their interaction in March 1865 during President Lincoln’s second inauguration, stories of the friendship of Frederick Douglass and Elizabeth Keckley, excerpts of Frederick Douglass’s 1876 speech at the unveiling of the Freedmen’s Monument and the friendship of Douglass and Robert Todd Lincoln.


 Nathan M. Richardson is a published author, performance poet and Douglass Historian.  His poetry collections include “Likeness of Being”, “Twenty-one Imaginary T-shirts” and “Voices from the Wombs of Wisdom.”  His work has been widely re-published in anthologies, magazines and newspapers such as the Channel Marker, The Cupola, Coastal Virginia Magazine and the Washington Post. Nathan teaches a variety of workshops for emerging writers. He is now in the 6th year of The Frederick Douglass Speaking Tour a living history performance in which he captures completely the physical and spiritual essence of the former slave, writer, orator and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. This living history series has produced film credits with the National Park  Service and Alabama Public Television.

You can find more about Nathan Richardson and his work at www.scpublishing.com

Moment of silence for Elijah McClain (1996 – 2019), a Douglassonian violinist

and all those who have lost their lives across generations and geography before their time

Charnice Milton (1987 – 2015) of Capital Community News

Community historic reflection will follow moment of silence for Dr. Hari Jones (1958 – 2018)

Raymond Maxwell will lead a Douglassonian Poetry Reading; community members will be invited to participate in read-ins from works of Paul Laurence Dunbar, Robert Hayden & co.

John O’Brien, President; Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia, will offer remarks.

Note on Honorable Frederick Douglass; A Founding Father of Black Lives Matter

John Muller, author of Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia (2012)







Frederick Douglass & Abraham Lincoln Honor Guard

Goal of $2,020

 Supported by Washington Informer Charities



Donations will support costs associated with printing programs & flyers, reimbursing speakers for their travel and time, securing support provisions such as water, face masks, hand sanitizer and other hospitality items .

All funds raised will be used to support the family-friendly event.

Donations are 100% tax deductible.


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