Frederick Douglass, Jr.

Frederick Douglass, Jr. was the son of Frederick and Anna Douglass. During the Civil War, Frederick travelled into the Union occupied areas of the South and worked a recruiter for black troops. Frederick was a firm supporter of his father’s legacy.

“Frederick Jr. expressed even more invective about the ingratitude of blacks generally toward his famous father’s career and churlishly insisted that he and his siblings had to feel the pain as well. ‘I feel that we children have shared in a measure your sacrifices for the good of the Cause in years past & hence, I feel the slurs and smears pointed at you.’”[1]

Frederick Douglass, Jr. predeceased his namesake father, dying on July 26, 1892 at the age of 50. He was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Washington, D.C. The cemetery has suffered neglect in the years since his passing and it is unlikely that Frederick still has a headstone in the cemetery.

Cemetery GPS coordinates: 38.885869, -76.936152

[1] David W. Blight, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2018), 642.

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