Frederick Douglass was born into slavery in
on the Eastern Shore of Maryland around 1817 (exact date
unknown). He escaped from slavery in 1834 by borrowing
a Black sailors "protection" papers and impersonating him.
"Protection" papers where legal documents stating that the
holder of the papers was not a slave. They were required by
Blacks every time they left home or were not in the company
of their masters.
Frederick Douglass became the first nationally
black leader in America and he was also the editor of an
influential abolitionist newspaper, "The North Star", printed
in Rochester, NY. His print shop in Rochester also served as
a station along the Underground Railroad. Frederick Douglass
died in 1895.
"No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck." Civil Rights Mass Meeting, October 22nd, 1883