Nationally Lauded Frederick Douglass Exhibit Recreated For Online Experience

Top Quote American Writers Museum transforms critically acclaimed Frederick Douglass: Agitator into virtual exhibit. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) June 12, 2020 - The American Writers Museum, the country's first museum solely devoted to celebrating American writers and their works, is pleased to announce its special exhibit Frederick Douglass: AGITATOR is now available online for free at Originally on display from June 2018 – June 2019, this nationally renowned display of Douglass’s life and literary works, is now available to visitors around the world. The virtual exhibit features The Agitator Broadcast, a reading of his memoir in its entirety by twelve contemporary writers, scholars, activists, and a direct descendant of Frederick Douglass himself, along with a wealth of educational resources to assist teachers and students with a meaningful, culturally relevant curriculum.

    “American Writers Museum’s commitment to celebrating American writers and their works is unwavering in a time when people can’t physically experience the museum and its exhibits,” says American Writers Museum president Carey Cranston. “We feel that recreating Frederick Douglass: AGITATOR online and adding tools for educators and students will provide the rich, rewarding experience the public has come to expect from American Writers Museum.”

    Frederick Douglass: AGITATOR features Douglass’ personal artifacts, including his inkwell and eyeglasses, excerpts from his speeches and writings and an original copy of The Reason Why pamphlet he and Ida B. Wells distributed to protest African-American exclusion from the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition.

    The virtual exhibit also dives deeper into Douglass’ activism and explores the persuasive techniques of his writing, all the while reminding viewers of the power of literacy. The virtual display touches on his work, the timeline of his life, his portraits, educational materials and Douglass’ works recited by members of the Young Chicago Authors program. The exhibit is further enhanced on social media using hashtag #AgitatorFD on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

    “In his 1845 memoir, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, he described learning to read as his ‘pathway from slavery to freedom’,” adds Cranston. “Frederick Douglass escaped slavery to become one of the most eloquent voices of abolitionism and his words remain a touchstone for anyone fighting inequality or pushing America to fulfill its promise of ensuring equality for all.”

    Frederick Douglass: AGITATOR opened June 2018 in the Roberta Rubin Writer’s Room and was sponsored by Allstate Insurance Company (Lead Sponsor), Wintrust (Partner Sponsor), and several generous individuals. Artifacts were graciously loaned by Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, an American Writers Museum Author Home Affiliate.

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