Frederick Douglass

Written by Jenni Wiltz
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Frederick Douglass was born a slave in Maryland in 1818. He escaped from slavery and went on to try to help others escape on the Underground Railroad, ultimately assisting hundreds to freedom. In his quest for freedom, he worked with abolitionist leaders of the time such as William Lloyd Garrison (who also helped African-American artist Edmonia Lewis escape persecution in Ohio).

His eloquence raised the awareness of many people to the plight of the slaves in the pre-Civil War south. Through his writing and public speaking, he spread news of the abolitionist movement to raise the spirits of those still waiting to be freed. It was at his urging that President Lincoln declared emancipation to be a goal of the Union cause.

Frederick Douglass - A Tireless Reformer

In addition to the abolition of slavery, Douglass also crusaded for the desegregation of schools and the right to vote. At the heart of his message was a plea for people to honor themselves and each other, to educate themselves and work to make society better. He was a symbol of hope and a source of pride for African-Americans during the dark days of slavery.

Frederick Douglass is a hero for all time, and he is captured forever in a sculpture by All God's Children. Anyone interested in collectibles will appreciate the historical interest of this piece. Appropriate at any time of year, this memorial sculpture will quickly become one of your favorites.


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