Douglass

 
Frederick Douglass
 (1818-1895) Born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey the son of a slave woman and a white man, Frederick was raised by his grandparents in slavery.  He learned the ship building trade in Baltimore from age eight to fifteen. He was then sent to a brutal farm where he endured the worst treatment of slaves.  He ran away in 1838 and fled north to New Bedford, Massachusetts marrying his wife along the way.  At 23 years old, Douglass gave a stirring, eloquent speech about his life as a slave at the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society's annual convention in Nantucket. Douglass would continue to give speeches for the rest of his life and would become a leading spokesperson for the abolition of slavery and for racial equality. He conferred with Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War and recruited northern blacks for the Union Army. He was the keynote speaker at the unveiling of the at the unveiling of the Freedmen's Memorial in Memory of Abraham Lincoln in Washington, D. C. After the War he fought for the rights of women and African Americans alike. working until the last, Douglass died in 1895 after attending a meeting of the National Council of Women in Washington, D.C.  He is buried in Rochester, New York.
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