Picturing Frederick Douglass: Conveying Historical Images

Tuesday 8:30 – Room C-1

Presenters: Monte Pearson, Dr. John Stauffer, L’Merchie Frasier Museum of African American History

Frederick Douglass thought photography was a democratic medium; it moved us away from costly portrait paintings reserved only for elites. He also believed then prevalent negative images of enslaved blacks could be counteracted through dignified, respectable photographs of black leaders like himself. The latest exhibit put on by the Museum, Picturing Frederick Douglass shows Douglass reinventing himself, using photography as a tool of reform, and in the process becoming an astute critic of visual culture.

Target Audience
: All

Subject Area:

  • U.S. History
  • The Arts
  • Civics/Government
  • Museum Education