Speeches by
Frederick Douglass

Learn & Explore Weekend
February, 25 & 26


African American History is American History

Learn & Explore Weekend – Feb. 25-26

Featuring Narrative of Life of Frederick Douglass and tour of related historic sites in Franklin County.

Speeches by Frederick Douglass

Douglass’ speeches give a glimpse of his life and accomplishments as well as his dedication to liberty, civil rights, and equality of all human beings. Frederick Douglass wrote several autobiographies, advised politicians and presidents, and worked for the rights of African Americans, equal treatment of women, and other minority groups. James Daly, editor of Great Speeches by Frederick Douglass, points out his many accomplishments but notes his success as an orator. Douglass’ speeches span more than half a century and show today’s reader an original source perspective of Frederick Douglass’ challenges as well as America’s.

FREE BOOK with Friday evenings presentation!

Friday, Feb 25
6 PM to 8 PM

Delve into Great Speeches by Frederick Douglass – including The Church and Prejudice (1841),
My Slave Experience in Maryland (1848),
We Have Decided To Stay (1848),
and John Brown (1881).

$35 /person
$50 /2 person rate

Saturday, Feb 26
10 AM to 3 PM

Focus on Frederick Douglass in Chambersburg. Includes a tour of then and now sites connected to Frederick Douglass.  Event includes a lunch or dinner, representing food of the mid-1800’s.  Event concludes with a visit to Mount Vernon Cemetery on Route 30 West.  Mount Vernon is a National Park Service Network to Freedom site, where USCT are interred.

Franklin County & Frederick Douglass

In the summer of 1859, John Brown was living in Chambersburg at the Mary Ritner Boarding House on King Street. He was stockpiling weapons and finalizing strategy for the Raid on Harpers Ferry. In August, Frederick Douglass arrived in Chambersburg, planning to meet with fellow abolitionist John Brown. 

Timeline of American Slavery


The first slaves in America were brought to the British Colony of Jamestown by the Dutch slave ship White Lion. The colonists bartered food and supplies for the kidnapped Africans.


British citizens came to the Jamestown Colony as indentured servants for a term of seven years. Without British citizenship, the Africans became chattel or property, and their years of service did not end.


British King Charles II established the Royal African Company to transport African to America.


England outlawed slave trade.


By 1860, a million slaves were traded in the United States.


The Underground Railroad transported up to 100,000 enslaved to freedom.