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Frederick Douglass’s Indelible Mark on Washington
February 28, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
The U.S. Capitol Historical Society will present a Black History Month lecture February 28. A J Aiséirithe, Ph.D. will present a lecture titled Frederick Douglass’s Indelible Mark on Washington. This event will be held in Capitol Visitors Center SVC 215 (First St NE, Washington, DC 20515). This event is free and open to the public; pre-registration through USCHS.org is requested.
A defier of convention in so many ways, Frederick Douglass was already a statesman, an unofficial ambassador abroad, and a presidential adviser before he moved to Washington. Douglass settled in the capital after the Civil War for the deliberate purpose of helping to influence the course of federal Reconstruction policy. While the extent of his success in that regard is hard to measure and no doubt proved limited, his impact on a number of vital public issues endures.
Aiséirithe is a historian of the United States, specializing in the Civil War and Reconstruction Era. During the Lincoln Bicentennial, she served on the Papers of Abraham Lincoln Project at the Library of Congress. She then conceived and directed the Wendell Phillips Bicentennial Commemoration at Harvard University. For the culmination of that project, she co-edited a volume of new scholarship on Phillips, titled Wendell Phillips, Social Justice, and the Power of the Past (2016). She is currently Founding Director of the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Community, a project to connect the commemorations that will take place around the globe in 2018 and build an enduring global, Douglass Society.