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

Professor Celeste-Marie Bernier, University of Edinburgh

Date/Time: Thursday 18 October 2018

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 drew from never before seen photographs and letters to understand Douglass, his children, and their conjoined family struggle for both survival and freedom.