Frederick Douglass and Daniel O' Connell: Lecture to observe African-American History Month

Frederick Douglass and Daniel O' Connell: Lecture to observe African-American History Month


at the Irish American Heritage Museum

In spring 1845, Douglass published his first book 'Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American slave.' The memoir stirred fresh hostilities. To avoid physical harm or being forcibly returned (by bounty-hungry "slave-catchers") to his bondage in Maryland, it was decided that, until things cooled down, he would leave the United States for a while, for a hastily and incompletely planned lecture tour of the British Isles. The journey would transform the young man. Its impact upon him, particularly in Ireland, which was just experiencing the first year of the famine, would be dramatic, lasting and, in the end, liberating. Put another way, in Ireland, Douglass found his own voice. Read more.

February 21 | 7:00 PM