Frederick Douglass: The Struggle for Freedom and Civil Rights.
Bicentennial Celebration Featured Presentations by
Director, Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute, Quinnipiac University
Co-founder and Chairwoman, Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives
In this unique program, renowned historian Christine Kinealy spoke about Douglass’s time in Ireland, and Nettie Washington Douglass, a descendant of Douglass and Booker T. Washington, discussed the work of preserving his legacy.
Frederick Douglass was born into slavery in Maryland, but by age 20 he escaped to the north, emerging as a great civil rights leader. In 1845, he wrote his life story: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave. Written by Himself. To avoid capture, he travelled to Europe, spending much of his time in Ireland. In 1847, he returned to America, his freedom having been “purchased” by female abolitionists.
Co-Sponsors: Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict, Drew Theological School, The Freedom School Initiative, Pan-African Studies