Women in the World of Frederick Douglass

The Rochester Public Library celebrates the bicentennial of Frederick Douglass’ birth by paying tribute to both the man and the women in his life. Many know Frederick Douglass as the great abolitionist who rose from slavery to become the most influential black man of the nineteenth century and one of Rochester’s most beloved residents. Few, however, know the private Douglass – husband, father and charming worldly traveler. Throughout his long public career, Douglass was surrounded by a diverse and impressive cast of female supporters, both in his domestic and his public life. Douglass could not have attained the heights of his career without the women who shaped him. Join us at 1:00PM on February 10, 2018 in the second floor conference room of the Rundel Memorial Building of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County as Historian, Leigh Fought, author of Women in the World of Frederick Douglass, gives us an insight into the private lives of Douglass’ mother and grandmother, Harriet and Betsey Bailey, his two wives, Anna Murray and Helen Pitts, the British abolitionist Julia Griffiths, and Rochester activist Amy Post, and discuss how these women aided, influenced and supported Douglass in the fight to end slavery and secure the civil rights of African Americans.