New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Born into slavery in Maryland, Frederick Bailey found the way to freedom along the Underground Railroad in 1838. Disguised as a sailor, he travelled to Manhattan by ship, and found shelter in the house of abolitionist David Ruggles on Lispenard Street. There, he awaited the arrival of his fiancée, Anna Murray, a free Black woman from Maryland. They married, and together continued Bailey’s freedom journey to Massachusetts where he changed his name to Douglass. Lauded for his oration, he became a prominent abolitionist and purchased his legal freedom from slavery. Publisher of the abolitionist journal The North Star, he championed freedom for all Americans and endorsed women’s suffrage. Douglass later held posts as the Assistant Secretary of the Santo Domingo Commission (1871), Marshall of the District of Columbia (1877-1881) and U.S. Minister to Haiti (1889-1891). Following the death of his wife in 1884, Douglass married Helen Pitts. He died in Washington, D.C. on February 20, 1895.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • Civil Rights. In addition, it is included in the Women's Suffrage 🗳️ series list.
Location. 40° 48.036′ N, 73° 57.491′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Frederick Douglass Boulevard near Central Park North, in the median. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Frederick Douglass Circle, New York NY 10036, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Houdini (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); West Side Movers (approx. 0.2 miles away); Carl Schurz Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away); A. Philip Randolph Square (approx. 0.4 miles away); Andrew Haswell Green Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); A View From the Road (approx. half a mile away); Association Residence for Respectable Aged Indigent Females (approx. half a mile away); Mount Saint Vincent (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. "Douglass Landing" on the Battery Park City North Esplanade.
Also see . . . Frederick Douglass. Wikipedia biography. (Submitted on April 9, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
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