Frederick Douglass

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  • 1818: Born a slave, Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, in Talbot County, Maryland.
  • 1826-1838: Taught to read by his owner's wife. works in Baltimore as servant and laborer. Changes his name to Frederick Douglass and escapes to freedom in the North. Marries Anna Murray, a free Baltimore woman.
  • 1845: Publishes Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave. Leaves for England and Scotland to escape slave hunters.
  • 1855: Publishes his second autobiography, My Bondaga and My Freedom. Helps runaway slaves to find freedom via the Underground Railroad.
  • 1861-1864: Works to aid the Union cause. Meets with President Lincoln to improve the treatment of African- American soldiers. Attends President Lincolns second in
  • 1895: Dies on February 20 at Cedar Hill after attending a women's rights meeting. Helen Pitts Douglass works to preserve the home in his memory.
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