This Prominent Americans Issue stamp depicts Frederick Douglass, an African-American orator, writer and statesman. Though born into slavery in Maryland, Douglass was able to learn how to read and write. He successfully escaped to New York, where he married a free black woman. He wrote about his life as a slave and became an abolitionist orator. He lived in Europe for a short time, until his friends could purchase his freedom. He served as an advisor to five Presidents.

Scott Catalogue USA: 1290

Museum ID: 1980.2493.5568


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