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Public Lecture: ‘If I survive’ Frederick Douglass family’s ‘struggle for liberty’

Lecture led by Professor Celeste-Marie Bernier as part of Newcastle University's Insights Public Lecture Series

Date/Time: Thursday 18 October, 17:30 - 18:45

Venue: Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, Newcastle University

Free admission, all seats allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

In 1846, the world-renowned activist-author Frederick Douglass had his freedom purchased with funds from Newcastle’s own Anna Richardson as he conducted a transatlantic speaking tour. His first task, as with so many self-emancipated and liberated people was to reconnect with his family. This talk draws from never before seen photographs and letters to understand Douglass, his children, and their conjoined family struggle for both survival and freedom.


Public lectures at Newcastle University are free and open to all. Our aim is to offer a programme that will inform, stimulate, entertain, and excite debate. 

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