Gulfport High School to Host National Exhibition on Frederick Douglass

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Updated: 3/27 3:11 pm
The Gulfport High School Library will host Frederick Douglass from Slavery to Freedom: The Journey to New York City, a national traveling exhibition, on display for public viewing 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. from Monday, March 31st to Friday, April 4th. The exhibition explores the youth of Frederick Douglass, born a slave in Maryland in 1818, who after his escape to NY in 1838 became one of the most famous men in 19th century America. Douglass fought to end slavery and championed civil rights for all Americans. His autobiography, published in 1845, was a powerful weapon in the abolitionist cause, and a bestseller in the United States. The exhibition poses the question: What aspects of his youth shaped his determination to be free?

Frederick Douglass from Slavery to Freedom: The Journey to New York City was developed from his autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. The exhibition was curated by Susan F. Saidenberg.

The exhibition has been displayed at schools, museums, libraries, and historic sites across the country. “We are pleased to have been selected as a site for this exhibition,” said Exhibit Coordinator, Gwen Jones. “Through digital reproductions of letters, photographs, and broadsides, the exhibition invites visitors to learn about the life and legacy of Frederick Douglass. We hope this exhibition will help the visitors and students gain a deeper understanding of Douglass’ quest for freedom and the difficult choices he made. These choices can resonate for Americans today who are facing great challenges in achieving their goals and dreams.”

The Trojan Alumni Association is sponsoring a scholarship for Gulfport High School Seniors in connection with the exhibition. Contact Gwen Jones, 896-0245, thirtythirdalumni@gmail.com or visit www.33trojans.webs.com for more information.

About the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

Founded in 1994 by Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a nonprofit organization devoted to the improvement of history education. The Institute has developed an array of programs for schools, teachers, and students that now operate in all fifty states, including a website that features the more than 60,000 unique historical documents in the Gilder Lehrman Collection, www.gilderlehrman.org. Each year the Institute offers support and resources to tens of thousands of teachers, and through them enhances the education of more than a million students. The Institute’s programs have been recognized by awards from the White House, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Organization of American Historians.

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