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Frederick Douglass in later life


Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Exhibit

The Gannett-Tripp Library celebrates Frederick Douglass's 200th birthday with an exhibit highlighting some of his work. The son of a slave, Douglass was born sometime in February 1818 on Maryland’s eastern shore and escaped slavery in 1838. Douglass supported women's suffrage and became the first African-American nominated for the office of vice president in 1872, as the running mate for Victoria Woodhull on the Equal Rights Party Ticket. He published "The North Star," an antislavery newspaper, in Rochester, NY, from 1847 to 1863. Douglass died in 1895, and was buried in Rochester's Mount Hope Cemetery, next to his first wife, Anna.

In addition to the display on Frederick Douglass, Elmira College media artist Jan Kather is exhibiting silver prints created for the Chemung County History Society's 1990 oral history project on the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. It is not surprising that people in our own community were Freedom Riders in 1961. Many of the people portrayed are no longer living, but their images, faces of strength and courage, remain.

The works will be on display through February 28.

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