This exhibition explores slavery and abolition through the life of one of the most famous men in nineteenth-century America. Born a slave in Maryland, Frederick Douglass made a daring escape to New York City in 1838. Once free, Douglass fought to end slavery and championed civil rights for all Americans. Among the highlights are a broadside entitled Slave Market of America from the American Anti-Slavery Society, excerpts and quotes from Douglass’s first autobiography Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, and a letter from Douglass to Hugh Auld, his former slave-owner.

Supplementary Materials

  • Site Support Notebook
  • Educator’s Guide
  • Color brochures

Logistical Information

This traveling exhibition is composed of four interlocking panels. It will require a total of 8–10 running feet of display space. The loan period for this exhibition is four weeks. Sites are required to pay a flat fee of $200, which covers shipping and administrative costs.



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