FREDERICK DOUGLASS - DOCUMENT SIGNED 12/12/1885 - HFSID 150958
FREDERICK DOUGLASS The iconic orator signed this document when he was Recorder of Deeds Document Signed: "Fredk. Douglass" as Recorder of Deeds on docket panel, 3 pages of text, 8½x14 (unfolded), crease marks indicate it was folded in fourths.
Sale Price $400.00
FREDERICK DOUGLASS The iconic orator signed this document when he was Recorder of Deeds Document Signed: "Fredk. Douglass" as Recorder of Deeds on docket panel, 3 pages of text, 8½x14 (unfolded), crease marks indicate it was folded in fourths. Washington, District of Columbia. Dated December 12, 1885. In Part: “I Emma M. Gillett a Notary Public in and for the District aforesaid, do hereby certify that Watson J. Newton party to a certain Deed, bearing date on the fifth day of October, A. D. 1885, and hereto annexed, personally appeared before me, in the District aforesaid, the said Watson J. Newton being personally well known to me to be the person who executed the said Deed, and acknowledged the same to be his act and deed”. 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. Lightly toned, especially at folding creases. Pencil note (unknown hand) beneath signature. Otherwise, fine condition.
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