Happy Birthday, Mr. Douglass!Seneca Falls, N.Y. –Women’s Rights National Historical Park is proud to share in the nationwide celebration of Frederick Douglass’ 200th Birthday.  On Saturday, February 17, 2018  at 2:00 p.m. Join Nathan Richardson and Melinda Grube as Frederick Douglass and Elizabeth Cady Stanton while they discuss Mr. Douglass’ life-long battle for Women’s Rights, the relationship between the two historical giants, and the temporary halt of their relationship upon the passage of the 15th Amendment. 

Frederick Douglass was one of many men who attended the 1848 Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls and a signer of the Declaration of Sentiments.   Douglass’ presence at the convention assisted Elizabeth Cady Stanton in solidifying her belief that women deserved full suffrage and citizenship along with men.  Douglass fully supported with his pen, his voice, and his celebrity Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Susan B. Anthony and his own daughters as they fought for full citizenship and suffrage.

Nathan M. Richardson is an accomplished poet and published author who fully embodies the physical and spiritual essence of Frederick Douglass, the great orator, abolitionist, and Women’s Rights Activist.  Richardson, who hails from Suffolk, Virginia, will bring his acclaimed public speaking tour to Women’s Rights National Historical Park to discuss Douglass’ lifelong battle for Women’s Rights, his relationship with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and the temporary halting of a lifelong friendship.

Melinda Grube, PhD, a descendant of a Seneca Falls abolitionist family, has followed an educational path inspired by women’s rights history.  Dr. Grube is an adjunct lecturer of history at Cayuga Community College and has portrayed Elizabeth Cady Stanton for educational programs, lectures, and events in Seneca Falls and throughout New York State for over a decade.

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