In this amazing first-hand narrative first published in 1881, The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass vividly recounts the former plantation slave's journey to becoming a brilliant writer and eloquent orator. Douglass details his brutal early years filled with physical abuse, deprivation and tragedy and his dramatic escapes to the North and subsequent recaptures and eventual freedom. Douglass also explores his work for the Anti-Slavery Society and influential role in speaking for other African-Americans; his abolitionist campaigns, and crusade for full civil rights for former slaves.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the nation's largest and most comprehensive cultural destination devoted exclusively to exploring, documenting, and showcasing the African American story and its impact on American and world history. Established by an Act of Congress in 2003, it is the culmination of decades of efforts to establish a national museum that promotes and highlights the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected close to 37,000 objects.