Feb 5, 2008

Frederick Douglass Exhibit on Display in Temperance

1879 photograph of American abolitionist, editor, orator, author, statesman and reformer Frederick Douglass, by George K. Warren1879 photograph by George K. Warren of American abolitionist, orator, author, statesman, and reformer Frederick Douglass

(Temperance, MI) In conjunction with Black History Month, Monroe County Community College's Whitman Center in Temperance will be hosting the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History traveling exhibit entitled "Frederick Douglass from Slavery to Freedom: the Journey to New York City."

The exhibit can be viewed Monday - Thursday from 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., and Saturday 8:00 a.m. - noon.

The exhibit traces the life of Frederick Douglass as a slave and during his journey to freedom, and is based upon excerpts from the African American abolitionist's autobiography. The exhibit highlights the role of literacy in enabling Douglass to resist bondage and, after gaining freedom, to champion civil rights for all Americans.

The Whitman Center will also host a talk by historian Janet Rozick on the Underground Railroad on February 27 from 3:00-4:00 pm in Room 4. Rozick, who is staff historian for the Toledo Metroparks system, is a knowledgeable speaker who has devoted a considerable portion of her academic career to the Railroad, and I recommend the talk for all age groups.

1 comment:

engineer of knowledge said...

Hello Mike,
Where I am located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland is where Fredric Douglas and Harriet Tubman were born. Fredric Douglas was born around the Tuckahoe River area where my wife’s family has their farms and my farm is in the area that Harriet Tubman’s “Underground Railroad” would cross into Delaware. The farm just one mile down the road from mine still had two old slave quarters but just last year someone intentionally burned them down. I guess those who set them on fire were offended for what they represented but still many thought it was a shame that these 150 year old houses were destroyed never to be replaced.

Although they were statements of slavery, they were also part of history. Maybe because I am a white man, for me I saw where we had come from and grown to. I remember a time when my elementary school was segregated (separate but equal “Ha ha”) or a person could be refused service because they were black, with the signs that said “White Only and Black Only” and you obeyed them! Now the first time in my ½ century plus five years life that a black man and a white woman have a real chance to be the leader of this country and it makes me feel good.