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February 20, 2009

20 February 1895: Frederick Douglass–famous statesman, speaker, author, and abolitionist–passed away.  Douglass’ life was dedicated to seeking rights for all people, not just African Americans.  After achieving fame for his published autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave one of the best known slave narratives, Douglass tirelessly worked for the women’s suffrage movement until the very day of his death.

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