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Frederick Douglass - John Brown meeting

 
 
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By Al Barrera, December 16, 2008
1. Frederick Douglass - John Brown meeting Marker
Inscription. In the home of William Webb, 200 feet north of this spot, two famous American's met several Detroit Negro residents on March 12, 1859, to discuss methods of abolishing American Negro slavery. John Brown (1800-1859), fiery antislavery leader, ardently advocated insurrectionary procedures, and eight months later became a martyr to the cause. Frederick Douglas (c. 1817-1895), ex-slave and internationally-recognized antislavery orator and writer, sought a solution through political means and orderly democratic processes. Although they differed on tactics to be used, they were united in the immortal cause of American Negro freedom. Among the prominent members of Detroit's Negro community reported to have been present were: William Lambert, George DeBaptiste, Dr. Joseph Ferguson, Rev. C. Monroe, Willis Wilson, John Jackson, and William Webb.
 
Erected 1962 by State of Michigan. (Marker Number S0224.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 42° 19.992′ N, 83° 2.346′ W. Marker is in Detroit, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker is at the intersection of St. Antonne Street and Congress Street on St. Antonne Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dearborn MI 48126, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
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By Al Barrera, December 16, 2008
2. Frederick Douglass - John Brown meeting Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. George DeBaptiste Homesite (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Mary's Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Mary's Rectory (approx. 0.2 miles away); Second Baptist Church Underground Railroad Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); Second Baptist Church (approx. mile away); The Salvation Army (approx. mile away); Shrine Circus (approx. mile away); St. Mary's School (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Detroit.
 
Also see . . .  D is for... Frederick Douglas - Chester County Historical Society. (Submitted on December 9, 2011, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRAfrican AmericansCivil Rights
 
Frederick Douglass - John Brown meeting Marker image. Click for full size.
By Al Barrera, December 16, 2008
3. Frederick Douglass - John Brown meeting Marker
Frederick Douglass image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 16, 2015
4. Frederick Douglass
This 1844 portrait of Frederick Douglass hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

“Frederick Douglass became the first nationally known African American in U.S. History by turning his life into a testimony on the evils of slavery and the redemptive power of freedom. He had escaped from slavery in 1838 and subsequently became a powerful witness for abolitionism, speaking, writing, and organizing on behalf of the movement; he also founded a newspaper, the North Star. Douglass's charisma derived from his ability to present himself as the author of his own destiny at a time when white America could barely conceive of the black man as a thinking and feeling human being. The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is not only a gripping nonfiction account of one man's struggle for freedom; it is also one of the greatest American autobiographies. This powerful portrait shows Douglass as he grew in prominence during the 1840s.” — National Portrait Gallery.
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By Allen C. Browne, February 16, 2015
5. John Brown
This 1872 portrait of John Brown by Ole Peter Hansen Balling hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

“There were those who noted a touch of insanity in abolitionist John Brown; he believed he had been called by God to embark on a personal crusade to end slavery. Brown and five of his sons were actively engaged in the bloody guerrilla war being waged in Kansas in 1855-56, between proslavery and anti-slavery factions. But in 1857, Brown began making plans for the 1859 raid on the federal arsenal at Harper's Ferry, an event that would make him both infamous and immortal. The scheme to commandeer firearms with which to arm a slave rebellion failed, and Brown was captured, tried, and hanged. His insurrection found favor among many northern abolitionists. In response, southerners viewed Brown as a sign that they must either break their allegiance to the Union or be destroyed by an increasingly fanatical North. ” — National Portrait Gallery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 16, 2008, by Al Barrera of Brownstown, Michigan. This page has been viewed 2,257 times since then and 113 times this year. Last updated on May 2, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 16, 2008, by Al Barrera of Brownstown, Michigan.   4, 5. submitted on May 2, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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