This Day in History – September 3rd, 1838

Frederick_Douglass_c1860sFrederick Douglass (born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, c. February 1818 – February 20, 1895) was an African-American social reformer, orator, writer, and statesman. After escaping from slavery, he became a leader of the abolitionist movement, gaining note for his dazzling oratory and incisive antislavery writing. He stood as a living counter-example to slaveholders’ arguments that slaves lacked the intellectual capacity to function as independent American citizens. Many Northerners also found it hard to believe that such a great orator had been a slave.

On September 3rd, 1838, Douglass successfully escaped by boarding a Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore Railroadtrain (the line was newly merged) to the great Northern cities. He jumped aboard the train a short distance east of the previous temporary P.W.& B. train depot in the just-developed industrial, commercial and residential neighborhood ofCanton at President and Fleet Streets, east of “The Basin” of the Baltimore harbor on the Northwest Branch of thePatapsco River. (This depot was replaced by the historic President Street Station, constructed 1849-1850; it was noted as a site of other slave escapes along one of many routes of the famous “Underground Railroad” and during the Civil War.) (wikipedia)

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