Frederick Douglass Gets a Place on the Back of the U.S. Quarter

Frederick Douglass, the abolitionist who escaped slavery and later served as a statesman and civil rights leader, graces the back of a quarter that the U.S. Mint recently released into circulation. 

The image depicts Douglass seated at a writing desk with his historic Washington, D.C. home, Cedar Hill, in the background. The home, now preserved as the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, is in the Anacostia neighborhood.

The inscriptions on the Douglass side of the coin read: “Frederick Douglass,” “District of Columbia,” “2017” and “E Pluribus Unum.” The reverse side of the coin shows the standard 1932 portrait of George Washington.

Born a slave in Maryland, Douglass taught himself how to read and write before running away from a plantation in 1838. He went on to lead the national abolitionist movement, to found the abolitionist newspaper The North Star, and to become the first African-American man nominated for vice president. He was also an author and advocated for women’s rights.

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Source: AFRO | Lenore T. Adkins