Steven Cole will portray civil rights figure Frederick Douglass in a “Living History” presentation at the Mercer Public Library on July 23 at 6:30 p.m. All are invited for an entertaining evening to learn more about Douglass, who escaped slavery and spent the rest of his life advocating for social justice and equal rights for all people.
Frederick Douglass was one of the most prominent civil rights figures in history. After escaping slavery and teaching himself to read and write, Douglass spent his life advocating for social justice and equal rights for all people. Learn more about this amazing figure in American history at a Living History presentation with Steven Cole on Tuesday, July 23rd at 6:30 p.m. at the Mercer Library.
Steven Cole is the 3rd-great-grandson of an escaped slave and the 5th-great-grandson of an African American Revolutionary War veteran, an historian, and a retired Union Tradesman. He grew up in Freeport, Illinois, the site of one of the Lincoln/Douglas debates and the site of at least two speeches by Frederick Douglass. This fact inspired Cole to learn more about Douglass and portray him in re-enactment. Cole has been a living history presenter lecturing on slavery and American history for 30 years.
This program is free and open to everyone. For more information, call the library at 715-476-2366.