"Frederick Douglass was born into slavery in February 1818. He had a difficult family life. He barely knew his mother and never discovered the identity of his father."
"He was not allowed to attend school, he taught himself to read and write in the streets of Baltimore. He also educated other slaves."
"On September 3, 1838, he disguised himself as a sailor and boarded a northbound train, using money from Anna to pay for his ticket.In less than 24 hours, Frederick arrived in New York city and declared himself free."
"As the civil war progressed and emancipation seemed imminent Douglass intensified the fight for equal citizenship. He argued that freedom would be empty if former slaves were not guaranteed the rights and protections of American citizens."
"He returned home to Cedar Hill in the late afternoon and was preparing to give a speech at a local church when he suffered a heart attack and passed away. Douglass was 7. He had remained a central figure in the fight for equality and justice for his entire life."
Frederick Douglass 1818-1895 Escaped slave, Abolitionist, Founder of the civil rights movement