Frederick Douglass in Ireland

Thu 27 May at 11:00 am - Sat 29 May at 11:00 pm
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Born into slavery in the early 19th century, Frederick Douglass remains one of the most important and influential figures of the American abolitionist movement. A self educated writer and activist, Douglass escaped his enslavement and published a defining memoir – Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, bringing notoriety and fame that saw him briefly leave the United States.

His travels took him to Ireland, a country that influenced him greatly. In Ireland, he published a second edition of the Narrative and met his hero, the Irish political leader and famed orator, Daniel O’Connell. Douglass’ time in Ireland is of lasting importance – this year we celebrate the 175th anniversary of his visit, and the role Ireland played in his own life and journey.

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