During Black History Month, take time out to read about one of the great African-American heroes of this country, Frederick Douglass.

According to friendsofalbany Frederick Douglass was a black man who was born into slavery in February, 1818 in Talbot County Maryland. Douglass may have been born a slave, be he could never keep himself restrained in the confines of slavery.
Frederick Douglass was a black man who was born into slavery in February 1818 in Talbot County Maryland, but he could never keep himself restrained in the confines of slavery.

A man who was born a slave went on to accomplish so many things throughout his lifetime. Teaching a slave how to read and write was strictly forbidden during the time of slavery, but that did not stop Frederick Douglass. He went on to become a national leader in the abolitionist movement and in Massachusetts and here in New York. He became a famous Orator and an accomplished writer.

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In 1838 Douglas successfully boarded a train in Philadelphia and began his journey to freedom. Douglass later wrote about his journey to freedom. He said, “I have often been asked, how I felt when first I found myself on free soil. A new world has opened up on me. If my life is more than breath, and a quick round of blood, I live more in one day than in a year of my slave life. It was a time of joyous excitement which words can but tamely describe.”

Douglass visited Albany many times, including a visit to Albany’s First Israel African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1863. He also went on a speaking tour which included Schuylerville, Quaker Springs and Dean’s Corner. He enjoyed international travel, and worked to free other African-Americans who were still held in bondage. Before his death, he became a published author.

During Black History Month, take time out to read about one of the greatest African-American heroes of this country, Frederick Douglass.

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