Frederick Douglass and his dog, “Frank” (National Dog Day 2021)

Frederick Douglass in his study at Cedar Hill: 1885 ca. | Flickr
To the bottom right is “Frank,” the mastiff dog of Cedar Hill on the floor of the library.

Frederick (Bailey) Douglass was a man who knew many a dog during his life from the Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, breed at Wye House, of his childhood to “Frank,” the mastiff at Cedar Hill who greeted visitors.

Reportedly, Frank was a “constant companion,” of Douglass and “died of grief a few weeks after his master’s death.”


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