Becoming Frederick Douglass

Becoming Frederick Douglass” concentrates on the initial stages of his career as a public intellectual and his leadership during the Colored Conventions movement in the antebellum era. This exhibit will allow you to witness Douglass’ transformation from a fugitive to a free man, while he worked among other Black leaders in organized agitation against racial injustice.


Curators: Dr. Sherita L. Johnson, Associate Professor of English at The University of Southern Mississippi, with Kayla Schreiber, PhD student in English.

Undergraduate Researchers: Dr. Johnson’s ENG 473: Studies in African American Literature—“Frederick Douglass” (Spring 2019)

Acknowledgements: Special thanks to Christopher Young (Web Service Engineer, iTech), Kathryn New (Arts and Humanities Librarian), and Latisha Swygert (student) at the University of Southern Mississippi for all their contributions to the “Becoming Frederick Douglass” exhibit.