African American Pioneer Diplomats: Ebenezer Bassett and Frederick Douglass

In commemoration of African American History Month, the United States Diplomacy Center presented a program on the bicentennial of Frederick Douglass’s birth highlighting the diplomatic careers of Ebenezer Bassett and Douglass. Both men were appointed as Ministers to Haiti in the late 19th century. Bassett, appointed by President Grant, was the United States’ first African American diplomat, serving from 1869-1877. Douglass, a well-known abolitionist, writer, activist, and civil servant, was appointed by President Harrison, and served from 1889-1891.

U.S. Diplomacy Center Public Historian Dr. Alison Mann poses for a photo with Foreign Service Officer Christoper Teal and and Curator at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, U.S. National Park Service, Dr. Ka’mal…

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