Scroll to explore a brief timeline of the life of Frederick Douglass.

1895

Dies after speaking at a women’s rights rally in Washington, D.C.

1893

1893

Spends a year in Chicago, representing Haiti at the World’s Columbian Exposition and protesting African-American exclusion at the fair.

1889

Begins two-year post as Minister-Resident and Consul-General to Haiti.

1877

1877

Is appointed U.S. Marshal of the District of Columbia.

1872

1872

Moves to Washington, D.C. after his house in Rochester, New York is destroyed by fire (arson is suspected).

1864

1864

Meets with President Abraham Lincoln to advocate for equal treatment African-American soldiers fighting in the Civil War.

1848

1848

Attends the women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York

1847

Establishes The North Star, the first of his several papers.

1845

1845

Publishes groundbreaking Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, American Slave, the first of his three bestselling memoirs.

1841

1841

Douglass becomes a spokesperson for the Antislavery Society, which fought not only for an end to slavery, but also for women’s rights.

1838

Douglass escapes from slavery, aided in part by his future wife, Anne Murray

1826

After learning the alphabet from his mistress, Douglass became determined to learn how to read and write

1818

Frederick Douglass is born into slavery in Talbot County, Maryland

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