to Nov 8

Baltimore Area Events


February – November, 2018

Information courtesy of Lou Fields (Details coming soon)

Feb 8:               MSU Spring Convocation, Luncheon  & Symposium

Feb14:              D 200 Exhibit opens at Baltimore City Hall

Feb 15: FD wax figure unveiled, Great Blacks in Wax Museum

Feb 17: Visit Baltimore, Legends & Jubilee, Douglass Myers Museum

Feb 24:             FD 200 Literary Forum & Book Fair, Douglass Myers Museum

April 19:          Baltimore Civil War Museum

July 26-29:       Bus Trip-Baltimore to Rochester, NY

Sept 1-3:           National FD Freedom Day in Fell's Point

Nov 8:             MSU Fall Convocation, Luncheon & Symposium

For more information, contact Lou Fields, founder of the Frederick Douglass Path to Freedom Walking Tour in Fells Point, loufields@gmail.com and www.facebook.com/FredDouglass200.

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1:00 PM13:00

Frederick Douglass and Howard University, Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site, Washington, DC

Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site, 1538 9th Street NW

Local historian John Muller presents on the role that Frederick Douglass played in the first generation of Howard University’s history. Space limited to first 25 visitors.


Facebook: NPS.CAWO


Contact: Nate Johnson



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5:00 PM17:00

Frederick Douglass: A Mission to Create Images of Freedom and Dignity, Greenfield, MA

Frederick Douglass: A Mission to Create Images of Freedom and Dignity

An examination of the emerging role that photography played in helping create support and respect for Frederick Douglass and the anti-slavery movement.

Thursday, February 22 201812:30pm-1:30pm

C208 Community Room Greenfield Community College


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Frederick Douglass across and against Times, Places, and Disciplines Conference, Paris France

Frederick Douglass across and against Times, Places, and Disciplines

11-13 octobre 2018, Paris

Appel à contributions

In an article entitled “Frederick Douglass, Refugee,” published in the Atlantic in February 2017, historian David Blight argued that “[o]ne place to begin to understand our long history with the controversies over immigration is with Douglass.” In his 2015 The Strangers Book: The Human of African American Literature, American Literature scholar Lloyd Pratt insisted on Douglass’s engagement with the figure of the stranger, his inhabitation of the stranger persona as a tool to build up a polis and found a demos on what Pratt calls “stranger-with-ness.” This conference, organized on the occasion of the bicentennial of Douglass’s birth, proposes to reconsider Douglass’s practice and “art of estrangement” (Giles) broadly understood as spatial and temporal displacement and philosophical, epistemological and disciplinary decentering.

2018 will mark the bicentennial of Frederick Douglass’s birth. The wide array of events and activities already planned testifies to Douglass’s relevance to present debates in the United States and other countries. Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (FDFI)’s “One Million Abolitionists” plans to print one million copies of the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave for distribution in schools as well as the creation of projects addressing present social justice issues. In 2018, the National Park Service (NPS) will organize public and educational programs at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site (NHS) in Washington, D.C. Likewise, the bicentennial conference that will be held in Paris in 2018 will be an opportunity to reexamine the figure of Frederick Douglass across times, places, and disciplines. It encourages contributions that read Douglass’s writings—not his serial autobiographies and speeches only, but also his antebellum journalism, his letters, his (rare) poetry and his one foray into fiction—as well as his life beyond the familiar chronological and geographical boundaries. It thereby hopes to contribute to revisiting the heuristic coordinates of Douglass’s scholarship.

The purpose of this conference, however, is not to commemorate Douglass as a solitary, exceptional figure, but rather to consider him in relation to his contemporaries and to his world, as one voice, powerful though it was, among others. Douglass collaborated with and opposed other black and white intellectuals, activists, artists and politicians. He was a man involved in the conflicts and ruptures of his time, in the United States and beyond. His authority and centrality also must be re-examined.

Panels or individual papers may address, but are not limited to, the following topics:

Reading Douglass across and against times

-Reading Douglass reading his time as a “witness and participant” but also as a promoter of anachrony used as a political tool to “repeat history in order to deform it” (Castronovo).
-Reading Douglass’s writings “against 1865,” against the “before-after narrative of emancipation” (Hager and Marrs), in the hope of complexifying our interpretation of Douglass’s use of the genre of the slave narrative;
-Reading Douglass’s “lives” beyond the chronology of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (Levine), in particular his ambivalent career as a diplomat (Bourhis-Mariotti), a Republican appointee, and an activist in the 1890s.
-Douglass and radical democracy and activism: considering Douglass’s role in a larger history of abolitionism understood as “a radical, interracial movement, one which addressed the entrenched problems of exploitation and disenfranchisement in a liberal democracy and anticipated debates over race, labor and empire” (Sinha).
-Douglass’s engagement with an ecological antislavery logics (Ellis).
-Re-reading Douglass’s reception. Reading Douglass within an enlarged canon of African American writing (White & Drexler; Hager) in conjunction with other North American slave narratives and early African American fiction, history and journalism (William Wells Brown, Harriet Jacobs etc.). How does
this enlarged canon affect Douglass’s critical reception and his status today as the greatest black pre-Civil war author?
-Reading Douglass today so as to open new perspectives on the interplay between history, memory and activism at play in Douglass’s and our times.
-Douglass and the discourse of liberation, human rights and humanitarianism; Douglass’s practice of a stranger humanism based on mutually acknowledged and always evolving differences (Pratt).
-Reconsidering Douglass and public history: What aspects of present debates are illuminated by Douglass’s words (Davis)? Why teach Douglass today?

• Reading Douglass across and against spaces

-Changing the maps and geographical coordinates that have shaped our understanding of Douglass. Using Martha Schoolman’s “abolitionist geographies,” for example, which include both the local and the circum-atlantic, invites us to explore imaginative routes for Douglass’s legacy, from Canada to Rome and London to Haiti and Liberia, via the more expected yet still understudied Afro-Caribbean geopolitical spaces (Nwankwo).
-Reexamining issues of mobility and displacement in Douglass’s life; Douglass as an American and international figure; Douglass and transnationalism; Douglass and the Americas (Hooker); Douglass and France (how The North Star covered the 1848 Revolution, for example [Fagan, Alimi-Levy]); Douglass and the diasporic self.
-Translating Douglass across languages and spaces
-Investigating the different spaces of Douglass’s life and work; Douglass’s “public body” (Fanuzzi); Douglass’s “feminine space” (Fought).
-Decentering our reading of Douglass may lead us to complicate the genealogy of his writing beyond the racial divide and find other significant intertextualities—not only the “Founding Fathers,” the New England Transcendentalists, his contemporaries Hawthorne and Melville (Otter and Levine) and Harriet Beecher Stowe, but also his Black Atlantic peers (Giles) and a broader intellectual tradition from the political thought of John Stuart Mill to the transatlantic print culture of the time.

• Reading Douglass across and against disciplines

Douglass wrote at a moment when “modern academic fields were becoming increasingly defined” but his writing cut across disciplinary boundaries (Lee). To be considered:
-Douglass’s use of fiction or of the tools of fiction in his journalism, in his speeches;
-Douglass’s “rhetorical legacy” (John R. Kaufman-McKivigan);
-Douglass’s role as an editor (Meer)
-Douglass and book history: questioning the vision of Douglass and his African-American peers as autonomous author-artisans in the sphere of print, free of white abolitionist control in the pre-Civil War period (Roy)
-Douglass’s philosophy or philosophies (Lee);
-Douglass’s “visual affirmations” of himself (Wexler) as well as his celebration of photography “as a great democratic art” (Stauffer, Trodd, & Bernier); Douglass as a celebrity; Douglass and the media.

We plan to organize activities before and after the conference in relation to community-based teaching, performances and public readings.

Deadline for all submissions: January 31, 2018.
Proposals (500 words in English or French and a short bio) to be sent to:
(We welcome papers from graduate and doctoral students.)

Proposals will be reviewed by the Conference Committee:
Claire Bourhis-Mariotti, Université Paris 8
Agnès Derail, ENS
Hélène Le Dantec-Lowry, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle
Claire Parfait, Université Paris 13
Hélène Quanquin, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle
Marie-Jeanne Rossignol, Université Paris Diderot
Cécile Roudeau, Université Paris Diderot
Michaël Roy, Université Paris-Nanterre

Keynote speakers (confirmed): Leigh Fought (Le Moyne College), Lloyd Pratt (University of Oxford), Michaël Roy (Université Paris Nanterre).

ALIMI-LEVY, Yohanna. L’Amérique face aux révolutions françaises de 1830 et 1848. Presses de l’Université Paris Sorbonne, forthcoming in 2017.
BLIGHT, David. “Frederick Douglass, Refugee,” The Atlantic, Feb. 2017.
BOURHIS-MARIOTTI, Claire. L’union fait la force. Les Noirs américains et Haïti, 1804-1893. Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2015.
CASTRONOVO, Russ. Fathering the Nation: American Genealogies of Slavery and Freedom, U. of California Press, 1995.
DAVIS, Angela Y., editor. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Written by Himself: A New Critical Edition, City Lights, 2009.
ELLIS, Cristin. “Amoral Abolitionism: Frederick Douglass and the Environmental Case against Slavery,” American Literature, vol. 86, no.2, June 2014, pp. 275-303.
FAGAN, Benjamin. “The North Star and the Atlantic 1848,” African American Review, vol. 47, no. 1, June 2014, pp. 51-67.
FANUZZI, Robert. Abolition’s Public Sphere, U. of Minnesota P., 2003.
FOUGHT, Leigh. Women in the Life of Frederick Douglass, Oxford UP, 2017.
GATES, Henry Louis, Jr. and John STAUFFER, editors. The Portable Frederick Douglass, Penguin Classics, 2016.
HAGER, Christopher. Word by Word. Emancipation and the Act of Writing, Harvard University Press, 2013
HAGER, Christopher and Cody MARRS. “Against 1865: Reperiodizing the Nineteenth-Century,” J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, vol. 1, no. 2, Fall 2013, pp. 259-284.
GILES, Paul. “Douglass’s Black Atlantic: Britain, Europe, Egypt.” The Cambridge Companion to Frederick Douglass, edited by M. Lee, CUP, 2009.
HOOKER, Juliet. Theorizing Race in the Americas. Douglass, Sarmiento, Du Bois, Vasconcelos, OUP, 2017.
LEE, Maurice, editor. The Cambridge Companion to Frederick Douglass, CUP, 2009.
–, Slavery, Philosophy, and American Literature, 1830-1860, CUP, 2005.
LEVINE, Robert and Samuel OTTER. Frederick Douglass and Herman Melville: Essays in Relation, U. of North Carolina Press, 2008.
LEVINE, Robert. The Lives of Frederick Douglass, Harvard UP, 2016.
MEER, Sarah. “Douglass as Orator and Editor” The Cambridge Companion to Frederick Douglass, edited by M. Lee, CUP, 2009.
NWANKWO, Ifeoma C. K. “Douglass’s Black Atlantic: The Caribbean,” The Cambridge Companion to Frederick Douglass, edited by M. Lee, CUP, 2009.
PRATT, Lloyd. The Strangers Book: The Human of African American Literature, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015.
RICE, Alan J. and Martin CRAWFORD, editors. Liberating Sojourn: Frederick Douglass & Transatlantic Reform, University of Georgia Press, 1999.
ROY, Michaël. Textes fugitifs. Le récit d’esclave au prisme de l’histoire du livre, ENS Éditions, coll. « Métamorphoses du livre », forthcoming in 2017.
SCHOOLMAN, Martha. Abolitionist Geographies, U. of Minnesota P., 2014.
SINHA, Manisha. The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition, Yale UP, 2016.
SPECQ, François. De l’esclavage en Amérique. Frederick Douglass. Henry David Thoreau, Editions Rue d’Ulm, coll. “Versions françaises,” 2006.
STAUFFER, John, TRODD Zoe, and Céleste-Marie BERNIER. Picturing Frederick Douglass: An Illustrated Biography of the Nineteenth Century’s Most Photographed American, Liveright, 2015.
SWEENEY, Fionnghuala. Frederick Douglass and the Atlantic World. Liverpool UP, 2007.
WEXLER, Laura. “‘Rightly Viewed:’ Theorizations of Self in Frederick Douglass’s Lectures on Pictures,” Pictures and Progress: Early Photography and the Making of African American Identity, edited by Maurice Wallace and Shawn Michelle Smith, Duke University Press, 2012.
WHITE, Edward and Michael DREXLER. Beyond Douglass: New Perspectives on Early African-American Literature, Bucknell University Press, 2008.
WILSON, Ivy G. “On Native Ground, Transnationalism, Douglass, and the ‘Heroic Slave’.” PMLA 121.2 (2006): 453-68.


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I Am Frederick Douglass, The Lincoln Theatre, Washington, DC

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

I AM Frederick Douglass

Friday, February 23, 2018

Doors: 6:00 pm

The Lincoln Theatre

Washington, DC

Show starts at 7:00 PM

Please note admission is first come, first served. Tickets not required. RSVP's are for internal tracking purposes and do not guarantee admittance.


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4:30 PM16:30

Reading Frederick Douglass Together, MA

"Reading Frederick Douglass Together"

Mass Humanities

Mass Humanities coordinates annual public readings of Frederick Douglass’ famous Fourth of July address, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” with communities and organizations around the state. A group of people take turns reading parts of the speech until they have read all of it. Where and how they do it and what they do before and after, are all up to the local event planners.

Schedule of events can be found here:


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7:00 PM19:00

"I am Frederick Douglass" Life and Legacy

I AM Frederick Douglass commemorates the 200th birthday of Frederick Douglass by presenting excerpts of the film Enslavement to Emancipation, a panel discussion on the legacy of Frederick Douglass, musical performances by the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) and a Douglass actor portrayal by LeCount Holmes, Jr.

Historic Lincoln Theatre
1215 U Street NW
Washington, DC 20009

This event is presented by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) in collaboration with the Mayor's Office on African Affairs (MOAA), the Mayor's Office on African American Affairs (MOAAA) and the Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment (OCTFME).

To request a reasonable accommodation for this event, please contact Kali Wasenko at Kali.Wasenko@dc.gov or (202) 724-1445 at least five (5) days prior to the event.

RSVP here:


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7:00 PM19:00

The Lincoln- Douglas(s) Debates, National Archives, Washington, DC

National Archives, McGowan Auditorium

Constitution Avenue near 7th Street

Join us for an unusual and lively performance featuring Abraham Lincoln (played by George Buss) and political opponent Stephen A. Douglas (portrayed by Tim Connors) as they look back to their famous debates over slavery and equality in the 1858 U.S. Senate campaign in Illinois. Following the first debate, we will present the “Unknown Lincoln-Douglass,” an “imagining” of a debate between Lincoln (portrayed by George Buss) and Frederick Douglass (portrayed by Phil Darius Wallace). Though they met at the White House several times, Abraham Lincoln and African American leader Frederick Douglass never publicly argued about the crucial issues of slavery, freedom, and racial justice. This is the Lincoln-Douglass debate that never happened—using words from their actual correspondence and commentary, historian Harold Holzer moderates and brings Lincoln and Douglass face-to-face for an unprecedented confrontation.



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12:00 PM12:00

Frederick Douglass Day at the Lewis Museum, Baltimore, MD

200th Anniversary Celebration

Frederick Douglass Day @ the Lewis Museum, Baltimore Maryland

Celebrate the 200th birthday of Maryland abolitionist Frederick Douglass at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum with an array of activities honoring this iconic statesman. John Stauffer, a professor of English and African and African American Studies at Harvard University will present a lecture on Frederick Douglass’ America. Other activities will include readings of Douglass’s speeches by living history re-enactors and a children’s art and story hour with illustrator London Ladd on his recent book, Frederick's Journey: The Life of Frederick Douglass.  


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For more information call 443-263-1800


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11:00 AM11:00

Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Celebration, Manassas, VA

Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Celebration

Historic Lucasville School

10516 Godwin Drive


Singing by the Ebenezer Baptist Church Men’s Choir. The EBC Youth Group will lead a Read-Aloud session of part of a speech Douglass gave here in Prince William County in 1894. The Prince William County Historic Preservation Division will give one copy of the Bicentennial Edition of Douglass’s Narrative, published by the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives as part of their One Million Abolitionists Project, to each family with a schoolchild in attendance, while supplies last. Visitors may also enter a drawing to receive tickets to visit the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Contact: Lisa Struckmeyer



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to Mar 18

“The Raid” – a play about John Brown and Frederick Douglass

by Idris Goodwin
Directed by Colin Hovde

Radical Reimagining
Would you die for your beliefs? Is it better to work within the system to change it or take up arms against the system to destroy it? Idris Goodwin’s The Raid is a fabulation of a debate between two American icons: White abolitionist John Brown and Black abolitionist and social reformer Frederick Douglass. On the eve of Brown’s raid on the federal armory in Harpers Ferry, these men argue the merits of violence and pacifism, order and chaos, and possibility of a nation free of the scourge of slavery. The Raid examines the difference between being an ally and an accomplice, the implications of race in social protest, and the limits of radicalism in the age of #Resistance.

Information courtesy of Julie Kutruff, Partnerships Manager, National Capital Parks East

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2:30 PM14:30

"'My Voice, My Pen, My Vote:' Frederick Douglass's Legacies in Our Own Time" David W. Blight Public Talk, University of Maryland

The University of Maryland will welcome distinguished professor of American history, David W. Blight, to campus on Monday, February 5, 2018. In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Civil Rights Activist Frederick Douglass, Blight will deliver a public talk entitled, “’My Voice, My Pen, My Vote’: Frederick Douglass’s Legacies in Our Own Time.”

The talk will take place in the Atrium of the Adele H. Stamp Student Union on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park. The event is free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required.

This event is part of Douglass 200, a year-long initiative by the University of Maryland, led by Professor of History Ira Berlin, to commemorate the bicentennial of the birth of Frederick Douglass.

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to Nov 18

Lapidus Center Inaugural Conference

Open to: Public
Cost: Free
Registration Required Here

The Lapidus Center inaugural conference, “Reckoning With Slavery: New Directions in the History, Memory, Legacy, and Popular Representations of Enslavement” will take place November 16-18 at the Schomburg Center.

The conference will shed new light on the history of slavery, the slave trade, abolition and opposition to slavery, as well as engage with debates over archives, gender and sexuality, identity, and public history. Continuing on the path of the Center’s programs, which cover the vast African Diaspora, scholars will explore these themes in various countries including Brazil, Canada, Cuba, Iran, the Ottoman Empire, Sierra Leone, Turkey, and the United States.

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to Nov 4

Disunion in Civil War America: Parallels for Today?

  • Gilder-Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Abolition & Resistance, Yale University, CT (map)
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Open to: Public, All ages
Cost: Free
Contact: Gilder Lehrman Center, 203.432.9238, gilder.lehrman.center@yale.edu
This event is all day November 3rd and 4th

Today, American political culture is in need of historical grounding. The analysis and anxiety occurring in the wake of the November 2016 U.S. presidential election have prompted a search for historical models and parallels to help understand the contemporary moment of political upheaval, white supremacy, crises over immigrants and refugees, and possible realignments of political parties. For its 19th annual conference in November 2017, the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition will examine the 1840s and 1850s as an earlier example of deep currents of fear and disorder within U.S. political culture and history. The conference will consider contemporary experiences of polarization in the United States, compared with what happened to the American political party system, political culture, realignment, voter turnout and suppression, and coalitions, during the two decades before the Civil War. Panelists will include historians, political scientists, journalists, and legal scholars, as we seek to link past and present in order to address big questions about history for a broad public. This conference is being organized in collaboration with Professor James Oakes of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and Dr. Joe Murphy, National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at the New-York Historical Society.

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10:00 AM10:00

CHOCOLATE CITY: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation's Capital by Chis Myers Asch and George Derek Musgrove

  • National Museum of African American History & Culture (map)
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Open to: Public
Cost: Free
Registration Required Here.

The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. and the Smithsonian African American Museum team up to launch Chocolate City, a comprehensive new history of Washington, D.C., that Kirkus Review calls, "Essential American history, deeply researched and written with verve and passion." 

Chocolate City (University of North Carolina Press, 2017) explores the intersection of race, culture, and politics in D.C. Co-author Chris Myers Asch, editor of Washington History, is an instructor at Colby College. His first book, The Senator and the Sharecropper: The Freedom Struggles of James O. Eastland and Fannie Lou Hamer (University of North Carolina Press), was published in 2008. George Derek Musgrove is an associate professor of history at University of Maryland Baltimore County and a member of Washington History's editorial board. Copies of the book are available for sale and signing courtesy of Smithsonian Enterprises.

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5:30 PM17:30

Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Host Committee Meeting

  • African American Civil War Museum (map)
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February 14, 2018 will mark Frederick Douglass's 200th Birthday
Dr. Frank Smith, Founding Executive Director of the African American Civil War Museum and Co-Chair, DC Host Committee AND Chuck Hicks, Chairman of the DC Black History
Committee and Co-Chair, DC Host Committee, cordially invite you to a meeting to plan and coordinate all manner of commemorations of Douglass's Bicentennial across the DMV.

Come hear their plans and ideas and how you can participate.

Is your church or neighborhood or community group planning something that you would like the Host Committee to help publicize?

Do you have an idea for an event that the Host Committee could help make happen?

For more information, call the Museum 202-667- 2667 or Chuck Hicks 202-421- 8608
Please forward, post, and circulate widely.

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to Nov 12

The Agitators, a play

Open to: Suitable for ages 14 and up
Run Time: Approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes with an intermission
Show dates and times vary
Cost: Starts at $25
Purchase Tickets Here

The Agitators tells of the enduring but tempestuous friendship of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass. Great allies?  Yes.  And at times, great adversaries. Young abolitionists when they met in Rochester in the 1840s, they were full of hopes, dreams and a common purpose.   As they grew to become the cultural icons we know today, their movements collided and their friendship was severely tested. This is the story of that 45-year friendship – from its beginning in Rochester, through a Civil War and to the highest halls of government. They agitated the nation, they agitated each other and, in doing so, they helped shape the Constitution and the course of American history. 

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1:00 PM13:00

US Colored Troops in the Civil War Presentation

  • African American Civil War Museum, DC (map)
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Open to: Public
Cost: Free
Advance registration is requested by contacting Elizabeth Brownstein eksmithb@verizon.net

The Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia is sponsoring a special program at the African American Civil War Museum from 1 to 3 p.m. It will feature a presentation on the United States Colored Troops and their critical contribution to Union victory in the Civil War. Presenters are historian, teacher and reenactor Michael Schaffner, and fellow presenter high school student Hugh Goffinet, who will describe soldiers’ lives during the Civil War and demonstrate the manual of arms.

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