Frederick Douglass

Events

Birth

February 1818

Tuckahoe, Talbot County, Maryland

Learning to Read

1827

Douglas was taught to read by the wife of his Master – Sophia Auld

The Slave Breaker

1834

When he was 16, Douglass was sent to a slave breaker named Edward Covey.

Escape

1838

he disguised himself as a sailor, carried identification papers obtained from a free black seaman and boarded a northbound train to Havre de Grace, Maryland, using money from Anna to pay for his ticket

First Autobiography

1845

wrote and published his first autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

Douglass purchased his freedom.

1847

Douglass’s British supporters gathered funds to purchase his legal freedom.

Women's Rights Convention

1848

the only African American to attend the first women's rights convention at Seneca Falls, New York

Fourth of July speech

1852

“This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn,”

Vice President Nominated

1872

Douglass became the first African American nominated for vice president of the United States as Victoria Woodhull's running mate on the Equal Rights Party ticket. Nominated without his knowledge or consent, Douglass never campaigned. Nonetheless, his nomination marked the first time that an African American appeared on a presidential ballot.

Death

February 1895

buried in Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, New York