Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, who later became known as Frederick Douglass, was born around February 1818 and died February 20, 1895. With no written records to confirm his birth, his answer to those who asked was “I have no accurate knowledge of my age”. A historical photo of him has been added below.
Douglass was an American social reformer, orator, writer and statesman. After escaping from slavery, he became a leader of the abolitionist movement, gaining note for his dazzling oratory and incisive antislavery writing. He stood as a living counter-example to slaveholders’ arguments that slaves did not have the intellectual capacity to function as independent American citizens. Many Northerners found it hard to believe that such a great orator had been a slave.
You can find this multi-purpose haven for young adults called the Frederick Douglass Band Room & Career Center at 101 Petronia Street here in Key West. A fitting tribute to such an inspiration to millions during a very trying time in US history.