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On September 3, 1838, American abolitionist, reformer, and great orator Frederick Douglass escaped from slavery

September 3

On September 3, 1838, American abolitionist, reformer, and great orator Frederick Douglass escaped from slavery. He described his escape in his bestselling memoir, published just 7 years later:

“It required no very vivid imagination to depict the most frightful scenes through which I should have to pass, in case I failed. The wretchedness of slavery, and the blessedness of freedom, were perpetually before me. It was life and death with me. But I remained firm, and, according to my resolution, on the third day of September, 1838, I left my chains, and succeeded in reaching New York without the slightest interruption of
any kind…It was a moment of the highest excitement I
ever experienced.”

 

Frederick Douglass as a younger man, J.C. Buttre, 1855

-Written by Anna Zemaitaitis, Communications and Design Officer

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