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.