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Frederick Douglass Exhibition

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Gallery North, Sandyford Building

Frederick Douglass Exhibition - Gallery North, Sandyford Building, Northumbria University - 10am - 6pm

On February 26, 2018, Linda Wright, the Lord Mayor of Newcastle upon Tyne, unveiled a plaque at 5, Summerhill Grove. The plaque commemorated the visits to the city of Frederick Douglass, the most famous African American abolitionist of the mid-19th Century and a tireless campaigner for social justice on both sides of the Atlantic.

The plaque also recognised that Douglass was just one of many fugitive slaves who came to Newcastle in the 19th Century, many of whom also stayed at 5, Summerhill Grove with the Richardson family -- Henry, his wife Anna and sister Ellen. The Richardsons were Quaker activists at the heart of a vibrant abolitionist movement on Tyneside that reflected strong radical and progressive political traditions in the area.

Following the unveiling, members of the public and students from the local St Paul’s School who had been studying Douglass’s life and campaigns for human rights, were invited to an event at the Discovery Museum organised by staff from the Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences at Northumbria University. There, they learned even more about Douglass’s career and how he was just one of many distinguished African Americans to visit Newcastle, including Olaudah Equiano, Ida B. Wells, Jimi Hendrix and Martin Luther King.

Equally important, the event explained how these famous African Americans visitors were part of a rich, though often underappreciated, history of racial and ethnic diversity on Tyneside and across the wider North East. Through their passionate presentations and the marvellous artwork they created on the day, the children from St Paul’s demonstrated how the story of Douglass and his Tyneside visits, continues to have enormous contemporary relevance in the 21st Century.






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Gallery North, Sandyford Building
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne

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