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Did you know Dr. Frederick Douglass was appointed a “member of the District School Board”? I didn’t. (Rochester Union & Advertiser, August 1874)

UA Ag 28 1874 3-3 FD _ DC School board

Union and Advertiser, 28 August, 1874. Courtesy Local History and Genealogy Department of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County.

During his life Dr. Frederick (Bailey) Douglass lived many lives, visited many places, made many friends and contributed his time and influence to many associations, organizations and causes. There is much of Dr. Douglass and his life untold by any biographers, especially those who are “experts” in speculation, not interpretation or fact.

An area of scholarship untouched by modern scholars, buried deep within the Journal of Negro Education, is Dr. Douglass and Education. It is one of a dozen or so areas of scholarship that has remained at least three time zones beyond the attention of inquisitive and investigatory scholars. No longer.

On a recent trip to Rochester’s Central Library I reviewed microfilm rolls of local newspapers that have yet to be digitized. The tried and true method of cross-checking indexes has stood the test of time.

Brandon Fess and other staff of the Rochester Central library were very helpful in locating a number of news clips containing information never seen before in my six or so years of closely surveying the field of Douglass Studies.

One of the more interesting items discovered was a paragraph from a late August 1874 edition of the Union and Advertiser mentioning the appointment of Dr. Douglass to the DC Board of Education, which at that time maintained a segregated system for “white” students and “colored” students.

I can’t recall coming across this before or a similar item which documents the early involvement and activism of Dr. Douglass within the DC public school system. Many know Charles Douglass was a principal and/or night school instructor in Barry Farm.

I do not believe there is a living scholar, other than Kimberly Springle of the Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives, who has attempted to look under this gigantic boulder of Douglass Studies.

Thanks to a tip from collaborative Douglassonian David Turk of the US Marshal Service I discovered Douglass was appointed, but did not formally accept, a position on the Board of Police Commissioners. I had not known know about Douglass and the school board.

Now I know, as do you. There is much research to be done to uplift the history of Dr. Douglass.

To be continued …

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GoFundMe: Frederick Douglass Mural Exhibit planned for fall 2018 premier at The Charles Sumner School Museum & Archives in downtown Washington City

Fred Douglass wheat past on lower Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE

Wheat paste of Frederick Douglass on lower Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SE. Photo by William Alston-El & John Muller.

From September 20, 2018 until October 13, 2018 an exhibit of Frederick Douglass public art murals in Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Rochester will be on display and review at The Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives at 17th & M Streets in downtown Washington, D.C.

Public programming will accompany the exhibit highlighting presentations on Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C., murals throughout the world and the importance of visual representation and photography to Frederick Douglass, the most photographed American of the 19th Century.

Sponsors will be thanked by name in public program and other materials.

Donations will cover costs associated with:

1) Printing high resolution photographs of murals
2) Framing photographs
3) exhibit installation — explanatory text for each mural
printing promotional materials – flyers, postcards, local advertisements and street team
4) honorariums for panel participants
5) costs of special commemorative edition of The Narrative of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave for youth ages 8 – 18
6) incidentals — materials, equipment, etc.

Community Picture Day _ Spread Southside Love _ March 2018

Community Picture Day, 16th & W Street SE. “Spread Southside Love” by Rebeka Ryvola

** Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Frederick Douglass Community Conference in December 2017 and to “Spread Southside Love” mural in February 2018.

Thank you for your continued support of the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial.**

DONATE HERE! 

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