Celebrate the

Frederick Douglass 200

The New Bedford Historical Society, in partnership with several community organizations, is hosting a series of vibrant and contemporary programs celebrating the Bicentennial of the life and times of Frederick Douglass.

Born a slave in Talbot County Maryland, in 1818, Frederick Bailey would escape his chains in 1838 and become Frederick Douglass, one of the most notable men of the nineteenth century and the ideal of an American self-made man.

By the end of his life, Douglass could proudly claim to have served as advisor, political ally, and friend to six presidents, abolitionists Gerrit Smith and William Lloyd Garrison; women’s rights activists Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Lucrtia Mott; and authors Samuel Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain) and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Frederick Douglass will long be remembered as a noted orator, writer, publisher, politician, entrepreneur, political activist, national celebrity, and historical figure. He left an indelible mark on the social, economic, and political landscape of the nineteenth century.

For more information on Douglass in New Bedford, please visit the New Bedford Historical Society.


Planned Programs

March 8th
Digging History, Abolition Row
New Bedford Historical Society, New Bedford Art Museum

March 24th
We Are One: Blood Drum Spirit Concert and Film, Gallery X, 5p-7p
New Bedford Historical Society

March 31st
Film and Discussion, Slavery by Another Name, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, 2p-4p
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

April 7th
A Call to Action – Abolition, Activism, and the Principled Life, Symposium, New Bedford Whaling Museum, 9a-3p
A Call to Action Symposium Flyer, New Bedford Historical Society, New Bedford Whaling Museum, Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum

April 21st
Living History Workshop, Friends Meeting House, 9:30a-2:30p
New Bedford Historical Society

June 16th
Juneteenth Family Celebration, Abolition Row Park, 3p-5p
New Bedford Historical Society

July 4th
Living History Day, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, 10a-2p
New Bedford Historical Society, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

July 5th
What to the Slave is the 4th, Reading, Seamen’s Bethel, 6p-8p
New Bedford Historical Society, The New Bedford Port Society

September 13th
#FrederickDouglassLivedHere, Downtown New Bedford, 5p-9p
New Bedford Historical Society, AHA! New Bedford

September 14th
Brief Evidence of Heaven: Poems in the Voice of Anna Douglass
Nzadi Keita, author
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
New Bedford Historical Society

September 16th

180th Anniversary of Douglass Arrival
Dedication of Bench by the Road, Toni Morrison Society
Kenneth Morris, Frederick Douglass Family Foundation and Great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass
Nathan and Mary Johnson House

New Bedford Historical Society

September 17th

Douglass Day in the City of New Bedford
If I survive: Frederick Douglass with Celeste-Marie Bernier, author, at First Unitarian Church
Douglass Narrative Give Away 200 books for 200 years at New Bedford Free Public Library

New Bedford Historical Society