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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Image of the Day

Dr. Carter G. Woodson, founder of Black History Month, selected the month of February as a time to acknowledge the accomplishments and contributions of African Americans to American
history. By choosing February, Dr. Woodson was honoring Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, both of whom were born in that month and influenced the history of black people. In recognition of Black History Month, the Image of the Day is from a Frederick Douglass collection in the Anacostia Community Museum Archives. This image while not as sharp and focused as we would like, provides us a rare glimpse of the social life of a great American statesman.

Frederick Douglass at banquet table, center, undated albumen print. 

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