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Frederick Douglass, the abolitionist, orator and author who escaped slavery in the 19th century, was also a newspaper editor. And now, the newspapers Douglass edited between 1847 and 1874 are available for free online through the Library of Congress. On Saturday, the library tweeted, “NEW ONLINE: We have just made available newspapers edited by Frederick Douglass.” The […]

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — At a time when states are debating the removal of Confederate monuments, Maryland unveiled bronze statues of famed abolitionists Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass during a ceremony Monday night in the Maryland State House. The life-sized statues were dedicated during a special joint session of the Maryland General Assembly in the […]

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As most of the nation either enjoys vacation after Independence Day, or is heading back to the workplace, it is important to remember that freedom and equality was not always extended to all Americans. Frederick Douglass gave a rousing speech on July 5, 1852 titled “The Meaning Of The Fourth Of July For The Negro” […]

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NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin received an honorary Pulitzer Prize on Monday, as judges praised the Queen of Soul “for her indelible contribution to American music and culture.” Competitive Pulitzers were awarded to books about two other giants of American history: Frederick Douglass and Alain Locke. David W. Blight’s 900-page “Frederick Douglass” was named […]

Just in time for the estate’s 100th anniversary, The New Voices Foundation, which was founded by Richelieu Dennis, has acquired the one-time home of Madam C.J. Walker, known as the first Black woman to become a self-made millionaire in the U.S. The Villa Lewaro estate will be used as a “learning institute, or think tank, […]

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The exact date of Frederick Douglass’ day of birth isn’t exactly known, but most historians point to February 1818 as birthday month and year. On what would have been the 200th birthday for the famed leader, we take a brief look back at his life and achievements. Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey was born into slavery […]

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The Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company, better known as the Freedman’s Savings Bank, was a corporation established by the U.S. Congress for newly freed Blacks to gain financial footing. The bank, while successful in its early days, ran afoul of corruption and mismanagement before it was shut down for good, but not without some lasting […]

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump kicked off Black History Month on Wednesday by gathering some of his black aides and supporters at the White House for a “listening” session in which he praised the contributions of slave-turned-abolitionist Frederick Douglass and other African-American icons. “Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who has done an […]

  As the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth nears, many are familiar with the holiday’s significance celebrating the thousands of slaves finally being freed in Galveston, Texas and across the Deep South on June 19, 1865. In an event that preceded Juneteenth, also 150 years ago in the same month, famed orator and abolitionist Frederick Douglass […]