Adonis Diaries

Posts Tagged ‘Frederick Douglas (1818-1895)

“I was one year old; mother was made to separate from me”; (Feb. 15, 2010)

“I was 7 of age when mother died, or around that.  I don’t know the date of birth: No records were kept for slaves. Slaves were told they were born during periods of sawing, reaping, gathering cherries, or extraordinary events.  Horses too had no birth certificates: it drove me mad because everyone knew my father was the white master of the plantation.

Masters had win-win situations: they sent black slave mothers to another remote plantation, a year after caring for the child. Worn out female slaves would bring up the kids instead of the mothers.

Mother used to walk over 10 miles at night to see me occasionally.  When I woke up she was long gone: she is to be whipped if she shows up at the remote plantation late to work.

I think that I saw mother 5 times in her short life; and only at night.” (Memories of a slave, 1846)

Frederick Douglas (1818-1895) was born in Maryland (Talbot County, USA) and fled the plantation in 1838 to the northern states after forging a safe exit conduct.  He became a brilliant orator within the abolitionist movement and gave conferences in England.

Douglas was officially freed in 1846 and was close to President Abraham Lincoln. Douglas convinced Lincoln to enroll blacks in the Federal army during the civil war.  Douglas was appointed president of the Bank of Freed Slaves, then consul in Haiti.




December 2022

Blog Stats

  • 1,513,544 hits

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by

Join 820 other followers
%d bloggers like this: