Frederick Douglass papers, 1790-1943
Library of Congress,
Prints and Photographs Division
- Howard University, Moorland-Spingarn Reserach Center (Washington, D.C.)
- Abolitionist, journalist, and diplomat; born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey.
- Includes correspondence, writings, news articles, memorabilia, and photographs, by and about Douglass and his family. Also includes published and unpublished writings on abolitionism, abolitionists, and civil rights; financial documents relating to Douglass's appointment as commissioner for Haiti to the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893; obituaries and tributes; memorabilia and photographs relating to John Brown; and two indentures (1790 and 1796). Other persons represented include William Lloyd Garrison, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and John Greenleaf Whittier. Topics represented include slavery and antislavery movements; and journalism.
- Quotation [from Box 28-5, folder 116, of the Frederick Douglass Collection at the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University]
- "My Dear Father: I have just returned from St. Michaels....I walked over there in three hours....On arriving at St. Michaels I met Aunt Eliza in the street and she knew me immediately from my resemblance to Charley. It being Whitsuntide the streets were full of colored people, my aunt introduced me to the crowd and I soon became a lion. Before going to her house she made several calls with me just to show the people she said that her brother's family were not too proud to come and see her.....Your cousin Tom Bailey called on me. He said he remembered you well. I showed him your photograph. He remembered the scar over your nose. He told me that your grandmother was of Indian descent. I saw a daughter of Perry's. She goes by the name of Downs. Her father was sold about three years ago....A white woman by the name of Harriet Auld called to see me. She said she used to know you. A white man named Ned Hamilton told me and John yesterday that he was the last man that took you to jail. I kept pretty quiet while in St. Michaels because I know it to be one of the worst places in the South. A colored was mobbed there about two weeks ago for advising the colored people to do business for themselves. Those who were not able to work to open stores and the rest should trade with them, the white shopkeepers took offense at that and broke up his meeting. The white people will do everything they can to keep the blacks from advancing....My school owing to some repairs in the church, will not open until Monday the 12th instant. I will have about thirty scholars to commence with. Whether they are paying scholars or not is yet to be seen. Once in a while I would like to see a Rochester paper. There are no papers about here nor no mail but once a week. My address is Royal Oak, Talbot County. Give my love to all. Your affectionate son, Lewis."
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