Stories from Hartford's Grassroots
The great abolitionist Frederick Douglass first spoke in Hartford on May 18, 1843 under the “open sky sanctuary” of the First Church on Main and Gold Streets.
Help us dedicate the new “Frederick Douglass Court” and memorial plaque sponsored by the First Church of Hartford.
Douglass was also an advocate for women’s suffrage (he spoke at the 1848 Seneca Falls women’s convention) and labor rights (with Isaac Myers he co-founded the Colored National Labor Union in 1869).
Ironically, while there has not been a permanent tribute in Hartford to Frederick Douglass up until this time, there is a memorial plaque for Stephen A. Douglas, the slavery apologist who lost to Abraham Lincoln in the 1860 presidential election. It is located at 777 Main Street, corner of Pearl.
Help us dedicate this long overdue recognition of one of America’s greatest heroes.