BHM 10 – Frederick Douglass | The Most Photographed American of the 19th Century

Black History Month Celebration #10- 2021Frederick Douglass | The Most Photographed American of the 19th Century. This series will cover those making history and historical Black Figures, events, activities and of course music related if possible. We should remember and not lose what we accomplished. Enjoy Black History Month

Frederick Douglass | The Most Photographed American of the 19th Century

orn into slavery in 1818, Frederick Douglass would become one of the most well-known abolitionists, orators, and writers of his time. He understood and heralded not only the power of the written or spoken word, but also the power of the visual image — especially, his own likeness. He therefore sat for portraits wherever and whenever he could. As a result, Douglass was photographed more than any other American of his era: 160 distinct images (mostly portraits) have survived, more than Abraham Lincoln at 126. Many of these rare, historically significant images are published for the first time in “Picturing Frederick Douglass: An Illustrated Biography of the Nineteenth Century’s Most Photographed American,” by John Stauffer, Zoe Trodd and Celeste-Marie Bernier. Read more: Who’s the most photographed American man of the 19th Century? HINT: It’s not Lincoln…