A fine portrait of Frederick Douglass, probably taken in 1894 and no doubt one of the last images of the great orator. From 1871 to 1891 Douglass had held a number of government positions. During this time he had distanced himself from the black community, but, inspired by Ida B. Wells, a leader in the anti-lynching crusade, he reemerged in 1894 to give what was called his last great speech, "The Lesson of the Hour." The speech was delivered at Washington's Metropolitan A.M. E. Church, on January 9, 1894. Douglass died at the age of 77 on February 20, 1895. See lots 349-354 for additional photographs by Cornelius Battey.
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