Frederick Douglass Memorial, Hartford May 18, 2017.

Posted: May 10, 2017 in Events, For your information, for your reflection

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MEDIA ADVISORY MAY 10, 2017
MORE INFO:
STEVE THORNTON
860-525-6510

FAMED ABOLITIONIST FREDERICK DOUGLASS TO BE
REMEMBERED BY HARTFORD CHURCH, COMMUNITY

“This is hidden history, as important today as it was during the
time of slavery,” says Rev. Damaris Whittaker of Center Church

Several hundred Hartford residents are expected to join the commemoration of Frederick Douglass’s first visit to Hartford, which took place on May 18, 1843. Douglass is best known for his escape from southern slavery and his rise as a leading spokesman for the early American abolitionist movement.

The event will take place on May 18, 2017, 6:30 pm, at Center Church, Hartford (the First Church of Christ in Hartford) located at the corner of Main and Gold Streets, across from the Wadsworth Atheneum.

“This great abolitionist came to our city many times during his life, yet there are no permanent memorials for Frederick Douglass,” stated Rev. Damaris Whittaker, the pastor of Center Church. “Ironically, there is a Hartford memorial for Stephen A. Douglas, the slavery apologist who ran against Abraham Lincoln for president in 1860,” Rev. Whittaker continued. “We want to fix that.”

“Hartford has a direct connection to the anti-slavery movement, including Reverend Dr. Joel Hawes, who first invited Douglass to speak,” says Steve Thornton of the Shoeleather History Project. “We want to uncover that link and restore it to the history of the church, the city of Hartford, and the anti-slavery movement.”

The event will include brief remarks, a historical talk, and a performance by Nathan Richardson, a poet and author known for his critically acclaimed portrayal of Douglass.

There will also be a dedication of a “Frederick Douglass court” outside the Meeting House with a memorial plaque. The public is invited to this free event.

For more information see HERE.

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