Friars Honor Frederick Douglass in Nantucket – The Cowl

By Hannah Langley ’21

The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave is not only a major work of literature in American history, but it is prevelant in the Development of Western Civilization and the American Studies curriculums at Providence College as well.

This past weekend, Dr. Darra Mulderry, director of the National and International Fellowships and Center for Engaged Learning, along with six PC students, visited Nantucket, Massachusetts in commemoration of Frederick Douglass’ 200th birthday.

Nantucket, Mulderry explained, was a large outpost for escaped slaves and other African Americans during the early to mid-1800s.

It was on Nantucket where Douglass gave his first speech to a white and African American crowd, a momentous occasion in the pre-Civil War era.


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