In Honor of Black History Month Regina’s Family Seasons would like to introduce… and say Happy Birthday to …
Frederick Douglas, who was born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, a slave in Talbot County, Maryland, February 14, 1818. Douglas was an accomplished writer, editor, abolitionist, author and women’s suffragist. Taken from his mother when he was still an infant Douglas worked on various plantations. At the age of 12 he learned to read and at the age of 20 after many plantations, slave owners and beatings he finally escaped north to Pennsylvania and then on to New York City. After getting settled he eventually sent for his fiance. They married, raised children and Douglas became very active in abolitionist activities.
He wrote his autobiography Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, published in 1845. The book was a success, however white people did not believe a negro could write as eloquently as that and doubted it was him and friends of Douglas feared that the book would draw attention to him and that his former “owner” would find and come to reclaim him. This spurned Douglas on to travel abroad. But Douglas eventually grew weary of travel and wanted to return home to his wife and children. A couple of friends in England raised the $710 dollars needed to buy his freedom. Finally at the age of 28 Douglas was free man.
Douglas and his family soon moved to Rochester, New York where he bought a home. He started a paper, the North Star and in addition to his abolitionist activities he got involved with the women’s suffrage movement.
Frederick Douglas led a long life, filled with activities to help black people and women. Read more HERE.
He died February 20, 1895 in Washington D.C.
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