Larry EpsteinFeb 18, 2018, 6:57 pmFeb 19, 2018, 8:02 pm

Black History Month: The legacy of Frederick Douglass 200 years later

An abolitionist, author, journalist, world traveler and more


NEW YORK — As celebrations continue for Black History Month, the life of Frederick Douglass, who was born 200 years ago this week, was a notable leader who continues to be uplifted. He was born a slave, but by the time he died he was a published author, journalist, world traveler, and more.

Douglass was born into bondage in 1818 in Maryland. At the age of six, the slaveholder’s wife taught him to read. He was eventually sent to work for a shipbuilder in Baltimore, where he first heard the word "abolition," which planted a seed in his mind.

After Douglass escaped slavery, he wrote his autobiography, the first of three books he had published. Later, he founded an establishment newspaper called "The North Star."

Douglass also toured the U.S. and Europe conducting speeches, becoming one of the country's leading voices of abolition.

Douglass died a free man in his Washington home in 1895. He was 78.

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