• Ex-Slave Frederick Douglass Signs Washington, DC, Land Deed In 1864

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    FREDERICK DOUGLASS (February 1818 – February 1895) was a former slave who became a renowned social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer and statesman.  He gained note for his oratory and incisive anti-slavery writings as a national leader in the abolitionist movement in Massachusetts and New York.  Douglass was a believer in equality of all people, white, black, female, Native American and Chinese immigrants.  He was also a believer in dialogue and in making alliances across racial and ideological divides.


    In 1881, Douglass was appointed Recorder of Deeds for the District of Columbia.


    The five-page deed offered here is signed by Douglass as Recorder of Deeds and dated April 23, 1884, involving a lot in Kibbeys Subdivision “of a part of a tract of land called ‘Granby.’ The lot involved John P. Franklin, William T. Collins, Whitman C. Bestor, William H. Ward and William P. Kibbey.


    Folds, light expected toning, but in very good condition and a superb example of this historically important man’s life, a former slave who rose to become one of the most significant figures in African American history.


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