Frederick Douglass' Delivered Speech on Haiti at the World's
We can learn a lot by studying or visiting
countries other than our own. Frederick Douglass, a well-known
writer, publisher, and abolitionist (anti-slavery activist),
understood the history of Haiti because from 1891 to 1893 he was
the country's United States minister and general consul. When he
stood before the crowds to open the Haitian Pavilion at the
World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago's Jackson Park on
January 2, 1893, he delivered a powerful address.
speech, Douglass told about Haiti's evolution from slave colony
to free and independent republic, and its relevance to African
Americans. He encouraged the U.S. to improve its relationship
with Haiti because the country had great potential for growth
and it was rich in natural beauty and resources.
should not forget that the freedom you and I enjoy today," he
said, "is largely due to the brave stand taken by the black sons
of Haiti ninety years ago . . . striking for their freedom, they
struck for the freedom of every black man in the world."
What do you or members of your family know about the country of
Haiti or Frederick Douglass?
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