The Visit by Frederick Douglass to Britain in 1847 – and How He Eventually Managed to Set Sail from Liverpool

Posted on October 9th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

To celebrate ‘Black History Month’, here is a fascinating newspaper story from 1847 that reports on a visit that the emancipated slave, writer and statesman, Frederick Douglass, made to Britain in 1847.

It looked like Douglass would have problems returning to the USA from Liverpool, until the captain of Cunard Ship, ‘Cambria’, proposed a heart-gladdening solution to a thorny problem…

historical newspaper report about Frederick Douglass

Stirling Observer – Thursday 15 April 1847

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http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000474/18470415/021/0004

historical newspaper report about Frederick Douglass

Saturday 02 March 1895, The Graphic

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http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000057/18950302/034/0029

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