Frederick (Bailey) Douglass

Frederick Augustus Washington (Bailey) Douglass (abt. 1818 - 1895)

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Frederick Augustus Washington Douglass formerly Bailey
Born about in Talbot, Maryland, United Statesmap
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Died in Washington, Washington D C, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 24 Jul 2014 | Last significant change: 8 Dec 2018
13:59: Sheila x proposed a merge of Douglas-5 and Bailey-7481. [Thank Sheila for this]
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Categories: Mount Hope Cemetery, Rochester, New York | Famous African Americans | Abolitionists | Activists and Reformers | Talbot County, Maryland, Slaves | Free Persons of Color in Washington, DC | Underground Railroad | African-American Notables.

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Frederick Douglass (born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey) was an African-American social reformer, orator, writer and statesman. He was born in to slavery but escaped to become a leader in the abolitionist movement. Douglass' best-known work is his first autobiography Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, published in 1845.

Fred Bailey boarded a train in Baltimore in 1838, escaped north to freedom dressed in a sailor’s uniform stitched by his fiancée, a free woman, Anna Murray. His escape route on the underground railroad would take him to New York, Newport, Rhode Island and finally to New Bedford, MA where he received the help of Nathan and Polly Johnson, well known African American abolitionists. It is in New Bedford that Douglass changed his name, with his bride Anna began their life together, and raised their young family. He rose quickly to prominence as a favorite abolitionist and anti-slavery speaker, traveling throughout the country and world to shed light on the horrors of America’s “peculiar institution.” He was a powerful orator and influential political figure, using his personal experience to give a human face to the sufferings of slavery. [1]

He was also a prominent member of Metropolitan AME church in the District.

According to the National Geographic Vol. 166, No.1 July 1984 Besides, being "A fugitive slave, Douglass became a skilled Abolitionist speaker, ..... His print shop in Rochester, New York, was a depot on the underground."



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On 10 Apr 2018 at 00:22 GMT Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy wrote:

He wrote his story down so as to be able to pass on his knowledge and the facts that made him who he was. This was an amazing thing for those who have come after because we now have the chance to learn from our past from someone who lived it.

His book source:

Douglass, Frederick, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas: An American Slave, Signet classics, Published by Penguin Group, 375 Hudson street, New York, New York, 10014. 1997

On 16 Sep 2017 at 17:49 GMT Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy wrote:

He was born into slavery and decided to arm himself with something far more dangerous that guns, knives or bombs like most would. He was whipped for his beliefs with a hickory stick. He was starved until he collapsed, but he did not get persuaded to stop believing. He knew the ability to read and the bravery to share your story was much more powerful. He started illegally teaching other slaves to read and write when he was 16. By 20 he had a much bigger group to teach as he had escaped to New York. He is quoted "If there is no struggle, there is no progress."

Meltzer, Brad, Heroes for my son, pgs 94-95 Harper Collins Publishing

On 1 Mar 2015 at 10:46 GMT Isara (Chellis) Argent wrote:

In the Wikipedia article he is said to have named his mother in his autobiography: Harriet Bailey. He also is a notable.

Frederick is 27 degrees from Rosa Parks, 26 degrees from Anne Tichborne and 16 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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