FREDERICK DOUGLASS - DEED SIGNED 01/15/1883 - HFSID 148401
Special Sale Price $1,000.00
He pens his signature on this deed as Recorder in 1883
Deed signed "Fredk Douglass" as Recorder on docket panel, 4p integral leaf, 8½x14. District of Columbia, 1883 January 15. Also signed: " Randall Hagner " and "Samuel Maddox " as Notary Public. Deed of Trust- between Randall Hagner and Samuel Maddox, Trustees. In part: "Know all men by these presents, That we Randall Hagner and Samuel Maddox as trustees under a certain Deed of Trust from Mary F. Clark bearing date January 14th, 1882, and recorded in Liber 992 folio 219 [illegible] of the Land Records of the District of Columbia, for and in consideration of one dollar, current money of the United States, to [illegible] in hand paid by Mary F. Clark". In 1881, Frederick Douglass (1817-1895) was appointed the Recorder of Deeds for Washington D.C., a position he served in for five years. He is perhaps the most important civil rights leader in the history of the United States. The man born a slave taught himself how to read and write before he escaped in 1838, travelling from Maryland to Delaware to Pennsylvania, finally arriving at his final destination in New York City, New York. Douglas spent the rest of his life fighting for an end to slavery and the rights of African-Americans and women to vote. From 1847 to 1851, he published the abolitionist newspaper The North Star. He became known throughout the abolitionist North as a great orator and writer. Perhaps his best-known publication is his autobiography Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave (1845). Douglass's fight for the equality of all races and women continued well after the Civil War; women did not receive the right to vote until the 20th century, and many African-Americans were not allowed to vote until even later. His home in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington D.C. was named a National Historic Site in 1988. Normal mailing folds. Lightly toned. Minor separations at center of folds and edges of folds. Bottom right fold, 2inch tear. Corners lightly creased. Fragile. Otherwise, fine condition.
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