MI Black History Month Q&A: A Meeting of the Minds

Q: On March 12, 1859, two famous abolitionists met along with several Detroit residents to discuss how to end slavery in the U.S. Who were they?

A: Frederick Douglas and John Brown. Frederick Douglas (c. 1817-1895) was a former slave and internationally recognized anti-slavery orator and writer who advocated a political end to slavery and who met with President Abraham Lincoln in the White House. John Brown (1800-1859) was a fierce proponent of abolition who advocated insurrection. He died in a raid eight months later, and the Civil War-era song “John Brown’s Body” is remembered to this day. While they differed in their approaches to ending slavery, both played an important role in bringing about its end.

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