Work by St Pauls Church of England Primary School – representations of Frederick Douglass. On February 26, 2018, Linda Wright, the Lord Mayor of Newcastle upon Tyne, unveiled a plaque at 5, Summerhill Grove.
The plaque commemorated the visits to the city of Frederick Douglass, the most famous African American abolitionist of the mid-19th Century and a tireless campaigner for social justice on both sides of the Atlantic.
The plaque also recognised that Douglass was just one of many fugitive slaves who came to Newcastle in the 19th Century, many of whom also stayed at 5, Summerhill Grove with the Richardson family — Henry, his wife Anna and sister Ellen. The Richardsons were Quaker activists at the heart of a vibrant abolitionist movement on Tyneside that reflected strong radical and progressive political traditions in the area.