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Two Douglass Exhibits

  • Quinnipiac University 275 Mount Carmel Avenue Hamden, CT, 06518 United States (map)

Frederick Douglass Remembered

Quinnipiac will mark the 200th anniversary of Frederick Douglass’ birth with a series of events to honor his life and his many achievements. One of the high points will be a yearlong exhibition curated by Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute that focuses on the time Douglass spent in Ireland and his enduring relationship with that country.

Frederick Douglass in Ireland: The Black O'Connell

This exhibition explores the time Douglass spent in Ireland in 1845-1846 and the impact that the country had on his personal and political development. A highlight of his stay was meeting his hero, the Irish nationalist and abolitionist, Daniel O’Connell. It was while speaking in front of O’Connell that Douglass made an impassioned plea for his enslaved people to find their own “Black O’Connell.” Throughout his life, Douglass would playfully refer to himself in this way. Frederick Douglass in Ireland: “The Black O’Connell” will open to the public in the Lender Special Collection Room at the Arnold Bernhard Library on the Mount Carmel Campus on February 2, 2018.

A smaller exhibition, which will feature a stunning statue of Frederick aged 27 (when he visited Ireland) will be on display in the School of Law on the North Haven Campus.

A specially-commissioned booklet, written by Professor Christine Kinealy, will be available for purchase.

Both exhibitions are free and will remain open to the public for a year. For group visits, including school trips, please contact

Earlier Event: February 1
Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Exhibit
Later Event: February 1
Douglass Bicentennial Exhibit