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Pen and inkwell used by Frederick Douglass

ca. 1800s

National Constitution Center

National Constitution Center
Philadelphia, PA, United States

This pen and inkwell belonged to Frederick Douglass, a former slave and prominent advocate for equality, citizenship, and voting rights for over 50 years. To escape slavery, Douglass borrowed papers from a free Black sailor and anxiously boarded a train from Baltimore to Philadelphia. He quickly gained fame as a writer and speaker, and his friends later purchased his freedom.

LI-2019-11.03 (pen)
LI-2019-11.02 (inkwell)

Details

  • Title: Pen and inkwell used by Frederick Douglass
  • Date Created: ca. 1800s
  • Subject Keywords: anti-slavery, antebellum
  • Original Source: Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
  • Rights: National Park Service, Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

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