Frederick Douglass

  • Birth of Frederick Douglass

    Frederick Douglass was born in Holme Hill Farm on Tuckahoe Creek, Talbot County, Maryland somewhere in February of the year 1818. His name at birth, set by his mom Harriet Bailey, was Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey. The exact date Douglass was born in isn't known - for him and lots of other slaves there were no records of when he was born. However, Douglass liked to celebrate his birthday on February 14th.
  • Moved to Master

    Douglass is sent to live on Lloyd Plantation, Wye River, at the home of his first master named Aaron Anthony in the February of the year 1824.
  • Visit By Mother

    Douglass' mom visits him for the last time before she passes away, somewhere between late 1825 or early 1826, though the date of the day his mom passes away is not certain. This visit is approximated to be on February 14th, however this date is not certain.
  • Chance of Escape?

    On August 27, 1825, Douglass' Aunt Jenny and Uncle Noah escape to freedom from slavery. This is Douglass' first intimation that he has the chance of escaping.
  • Moved to New Master

    Somewhere in March of 1826, Douglass is sent to live with the Hugh Auld family in the Fells Point section of Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Death of Master

    Douglass' current master, Aaron Anthony, passes away on November 14th of 1826.
  • New Master

    In the 18th of October 1827, Anthony's slaves are divided amongst his heirs. Douglass is given as an award to Thomas Auld (making Thomas Douglass' new master) and Douglass remains in the Hugh Auld family.
  • Education

    Frederick Douglass is taught how to read by his master's wife, Sophia Auld, in the year of 1827. However, Sophia was later advised by Thomas to stop teaching Douglass how to read because "it was unlawful, as well as unsafe, to teach a slave how to read..." Douglass learns how to write and do arithmetic out of his own initiatve,
  • Sister Sold

    In the 18th of July 1832, Douglass' sister, Sister Sarah, is sold off to Perry Cohee of Mississippi. Sarah is one of fifteen close relatives of Douglass to be "sold south" throughout Douglass' childhood.
  • Escape Attempt

    On April 2nd, 1836, Douglass and a few other slaves attempted to escape, however their plot was unveiled. Therefore, they were instead arrested.
  • Debate and Anna Murray

    In the 1836-1838, Douglass joins the debating society. He also in this time meets Anna Murray, a free African-American daughter to slaves.
  • Marriage

    In September 15, 1838, Douglass marries Anna Murray in New York City.
  • First Speech

    Douglass speaks at anti-colonization meeting Negro citizens of New Bedford and praises William Lloyd Garrison & The Liberator for devotion to the cause of freeing the slaves in a speech on March 12, 1839.
  • Influence

    In 1845, while speaking on a tour, Douglass meets Susan B. Anthony. She and him attending the first women's suffrage convention helped inspire him to his lifelong passion for women's rights.
  • The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

    Some Hardvard students heard Frederick Douglass' speeches. They were impressed so much by his speeches that they forced him to write an autobiography. Due to this, The Narrtive of the Life of Frederick Douglass was published on May 1st of 1845.
  • England

    Writing his autobiography quite clearly reveals his official escape. Half to escape from being put into slavery again and half to spread word to Brits about what's going on in terms of race in America, on August 6, 1845 Douglass moves to England.
  • Segregation in Schools

    In Rochester, New York, Douglass' daughter Rosetta is asked to move out of her school due to her race in 1848. Douglass, infuriated, begins the struggle to help end segregation in schools.
  • Second Autobiography

    In 1855, Douglass publishes My Bondage and My Freedom, his second autobiography.
  • Vice President

    In the 6th of June 1872, Douglass was nominated for Vice President of the United States during the Equal Rights Party convention, a big deal considering the racisim of the time.
  • U.S. Marshal

    In 1877, Douglass is appointed U.S. Marshal of Washington D.C. by President Rutherford Birchard Hayes. Considering this is the last year of Reconstruction, this is a great movement to America's path of equity in politics.
  • Final Autobiography

    In 1881, Douglass publishes his third and final autobiography, The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass.
  • Death Of Anna, Marriage to Helen

    On August 4th, 1882, Anna dies. Due to this, Douglass marries Helen Pitts in 1884.
  • Final Speech and Death

    Douglass gives what will be his last speech to the National Council of Women in Washington, D.C on February 20th, 1895. While describing this speech to his wife, Douglass suddenly dies of heart failure.
  • Official Escape

    In the year 1838, Douglass borrowed identification papers from a free African American sailor. He used these papers to help him escape to New York, using a boat and train.
  • Influence

    In December of 1847. Douglass meets John Brown in Springfield, Massachusetts. In later discussions with him, Douglass is greatly influenced by Brown's personality and inqsistence that slavery cannot be ended without violence.
  • Generosity to Slaves

    In 1848, Douglass began helping escaping slaves trying to flee north travel through the underground railroad.