We’re offering a deed of trust signed by two very prominent and
early African Americans – former slave FREDERICK DOUGLASS (1818-1895) and the
highly accomplished RICHARD T. GREENER (1844-1922). Greener has signed twice as
Notary Public and Douglass has signed as Recorder of Deeds.
Douglass was a slave who escaped and became a notable abolitionist, orator, writer and statesman. He was described by abolitionists as a living counter-example to slaveholders’ arguments that slaves lacked the intellectual capacity to function as independent American citizens. He wrote several autobiographies, which served to aid the cause of abolitionism. He also actively supported women’s suffrage. Without his approval, Douglass became the first African American nominated for Vice President of the United States as the running mate of Victoria Woodhull on the Equal Rights Party ticket. Douglass believed in the equal rights of all people.
Greener was once called “the most gifted Negro intellectual of his generation.” Though he was never held in the same esteem as Douglass or Booker T. Washington, his accomplishments were astonishing for an African American. He was the first black graduate of Harvard College and the first black faculty member of the University of South Carolina. He had two personas, one as a street-smart kid who grew into an assertive black activist and the other as a well-educated intellectual with a preference for law and literature. Greener was a powerful orator and his talents would bring him into contact with Douglass and worked as an editor of Douglass’ newspaper the New National Era. In 1879, Greener accepted a position at Howard University Law School and later became dean of Howard’s Law School.
The indenture, dated December 19th, 1883, is between William A. Stewart and John T. Arms, both of Washington, DC. Part-print, 4 pp, 8 ½ x 14. Very nice embossed notary seal with Greener’s name.
Light toning. Else excellent, and an incredible example of a document containing the names of two very prominent African Americans. Images of Douglass and Greener are from the internet and are included.
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