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Exhibit: Frederick Douglass, Agitator

  • American Writers Museum 180 North Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL, 60601 United States (map)

“Agitate! Agitate! Agitate!” is a quote from activist Frederick Douglass who was one of the greatest public speakers in American history, so it’s only fitting that the new exhibit in his honor at the American Writers Museum (AWM) is entitled Frederick Douglass AGITATOR

Opening in the Roberta Rubin Writer’s Room June 22, 2018 – December 31, 2018, this exhibit sponsored by Allstate Insurance Company (Lead Sponsor), Wintrust (Partner Sponsor), and several generous individuals, coincides with Douglass’ bicentennial year and includes related education and public programs.

Frederick Douglass AGITATOR highlights excerpts from his speeches and writings, some recorded by students from Young Chicago Authors. Other excerpts include Douglass’ speech on Haiti at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition and The Reason Why pamphlet he and Ida B. Wells distributed to protest African-American exclusion from the fair.

Tickets to the museum are $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, and free for children ages 12 and under. Museum hours are Tuesday – Sunday 10 AM – 5 PM, Thursdays 10 AM- 6 PM. For more information visit or call 312-374-8790