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Celebrating the 200th Birthday of Frederick Douglass

On June 22, 1894, Frederick Douglass delivered the address at the sixth annual commencement of the Colored High School on East Saratoga Street in Baltimore, MD. Dr. George Staley (white) was the principal. The school, which had relocated to Pennsylvania Avenue and Dolphin Street in 1901, was renamed in 1923 to Frederick Douglass High School to honor the great orator, abolitionist, writer, and statesmen.

Below is an excerpt from a December 9, 1892 letter written by Douglass and addressed to another former slave:

"In the time of slavery it was impossible to make the white people of the South happy without the presence of the negro. He was in their parlors, their dining rooms, their chambers, their kitchens, and their carriages and their white babes nursed at the breasts of negro mothers. Now that the negro is free, effort pure and simple is made to degrade him."

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Be sure to watch Episode 808 of #MPTChesapeakeCollectibles, at the link below, where this letter and other rare Douglass artifacts will be featured from the Nanny Jack & Co. Archives.

Artifacts courtesy of Nanny Jack & Co. Archives

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Note that the Black Americana category celebrates Douglass every time I appear on the show!

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