Historical Images


Head-and-shoulders portrait of Frederick Douglass

John White Hurn, -1887, photographer

Philadelphia : John White Hurn, Jan. 14, 1862

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

Original Record


A self-emancipated man, abolitionist, suffragist, and writer, Frederick Douglass advocated for civil rights throughout the course of his life. In Boston, he spoke at Faneuil Hall, the African Meeting House, and Tremont Temple, among other places, on a variety of issues, including slavery, democracy, and the right to vote.

One of his most notable speeches occurred in December 3, 1860, as described in the article: “The John Brown Anniversary Meeting.”

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