Abolitionist Fredrick Douglass' Irish Connections Explored

Thursday event in commemoration of Black History Month at Museum of Newport Irish History.

The Museum of Newport Irish History announces the fourth talk in its 2013-2014 Michael F. Crowley Lecture Series, Thursday, February 27 at 6:00 p.m. at the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum, 194 Bellevue Avenue, Newport.  The guest speaker is John F. Quinn, Ph.D., chair of the History Department at Salve Regina University. 

In recognition of Black History Month, the subject of Professor Quinn’s talk will be the famed abolitionist and promoter of black equality, Frederick Douglass (c. 1818-1895).  Douglass was also a defender of other peoples he felt were oppressed and was especially outspoken on behalf of the Irish. 

In his talk, entitled “The Cause of Humanity is One the World Over: Frederick Douglass’ Irish Advocacy,” Quinn will discuss Douglass’ travels to Ireland, his relationship with Daniel O’Connell, and his support for Irish political freedom.

Lecture attendees should enter the Tennis Hall of Fame complex via the archway at 194 Bellevue Avenue where they will be directed to the elevator to the second floor special events room, which is fully accessible. Following the talk, a reception with light hors d’oeuvres will be held and a cash bar will be available, courtesy of the La Forge Casino Restaurant. The lecture is $3 for Museum of Newport Irish History members and $15 for non-members, which may be applied to the annual membership fee.  All are welcome and reservations are requested. To reserve, please contact Ann Arnold  tpm1@earthlink.net or 401-841-5493.

For more information about the Museum of Newport Irish History, please visit www.NewportIrishHistory.org


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