LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Tuesday approved Senate Resolution 130, which would recognize February 2018 as the bicentennial of Frederick Douglass.
“A man ahead of his time, Frederick Douglass continues to inspire many as a symbol of freedom,” Sen. Margaret O’Brien, R-Portage, sponsor of SR 130 said. “His heroism and leadership helped to lead our country out of a dark period. We should always remember the important contribution that Frederick Douglass made to help bring an end to slavery in the United States.”
Born in February 1818, Frederick Douglass escaped slavery from Maryland and headed to the free states in the North in 1838. Once free, he helped lead the abolitionist movement. Douglass produced an anti-slavery newspaper, authored several books on his time as a slave, and served as an advisor to President Abraham Lincoln amongst many other important achievements. Additionally, he served in important roles for President Rutherford B. Hayes and President Benjamin Harrison. He passed away at the age of 77 on Feb. 20, 1895.