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Liberation Douglassonians discussed effort to open “school in memory of Frederick Douglass in Cape Coast, West Africa,” modern-day Ghana, in 1900

University Library at University of Cape Coast

The highest order of Douglassonian is a Liberation Douglassonian.

In recent years a situational and political awareness has emerged as being defined as “woke,” yet for generations scholarship on Frederick Douglass has been in a deep sleep.

Dr. Frederick Augustus Washington (Bailey) Douglass was at the tip of the spear his entire life to liberate the physical, mental, social, economic and political condition of his fellow brothers and sisters in America and around the world.

The liberation movement in which Dr. Douglass enlisted at a young age was an international movement for the liberation of African peoples throughout the country and the world. Douglass was and is more than what has been told by historians. The truth has yet been told.

The activist causes Douglass undertook in his life were reported throughout Africa for more than a half-century.


Liberation Douglassonians

Before Dr. Douglass stepped foot on the continent his life and respected contributions to the liberation movement were well-known. While in Egypt he visited university.

Without dispute Dr. Douglass is America’s Pharaoh.

As evidence, a couple years after his death a nascent movement was discussed to bring a school to modern-day Ghana bearing the namesake of Dr. Douglass.

The mayor of the city of Rochester, a rising star in state politics, and an African minister who authored a brochure to advance an alternative interpretation of the continent than offered by white ethnographer and author Mary Kingsley spoke to advance the cause.

By the time of his death Rev. Hayford had helped organize dozens of churches in Afric a.

Dr. Douglass, America’s Pharaoh, initiated the African education movement of liberation through every word he spoke, wrote and published. This is an old movement in need of rejuvenation, revitalization and rebirth.

We are in need of One Million Abolitionists, One Million Scholars, One Million Liberation Douglassonians!

ROCHESTER, N. Y. – Efforts are making to found a school in memory of Frederick Douglass in Cape Coast, West Africa. Relative to the proposed enterprise a meeting was held in this city recently. The speakers included Mayor Carnahan and Rev. Mark C. Hayford, the latter of West Africa, who is visiting this country in the interest of African education.

Militant Douglass scholarship will continue. Just getting started.


The School Journal, Vol. 61. October 6, 1900, p. 331.

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Dr. William Henry Johnson: Albany (NY) Correspondent of “The North Star”

William Henry Johnson.pngDr. Frederick Douglass ran with them all. They all ran with Dr. Frederick Douglass.

William Cooper Nell, Martin Delany, Julia Griffiths, Mary Ann Shadd and others are often identified as editing and/or corresponding for The North Star and/or subsequent publications edited by Douglass but have you heard of Dr. William Henry Johnson?

From his 1900 biography

During the first year of the Civil War he was the war correspondent of James Redpath’s “Pine and Palm,” published at Boston, Mass. He was first with the Army of the Potomac during the three month’s campaign. He then joined the Burnside expedition and did service in North Carolina. At times he has been the Albany correspondent of Frederick Douglass’ Rochester paper, “The North Star,” the “Christian Recorder,” Philadelphia “The Freeman,” and “The Age,” New York city, and the “State Republican,” Plainfield, New Jersey. In 1892 he published and edited “The Calcium Light,” an independent journal, at Albany, and to-day, at intervals is publishing “The Albany Capital.”

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