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Frederick Douglass's Birthday

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | February 15, 2021

Frederick Douglass, the great orator, writer, and statesman didn't know the exact day of his birth, so he picked February 14 to observe it.
Douglass visited Minnesota in 1867 and gave speeches in Saint Paul and Winona. 
Today's Item of the Date is an Association for the Study of Negro Life and History button, created in 1958.
Pictured are Abraham Lincoln (top), Frederick Douglass (bottom), and the founder of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (now known as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History) Carter G. Woodson in the middle.
The Gale Family Library also holds many books about Frederick Douglass.