Douglass led an extraordinary life, all the way through. Despite laws forbidding it, he was taught the alphabet as a child, knowledge he passed onto other slaves as a teenager. Aged 20, he escaped slavery, fleeing to the North, where he fiercely campaigned for the rights of African-Americans, women, and native Americans, eventually becoming a national leader of the abolitionist movement in Massachusetts and New York. With 160 separate portraits taken of him, Douglass became the 19thcentury’s most photographed American, a platform which he called ‘democratic art’ that could finally represent black people as humans. He also became a well-known orator, and was invited to speak at a 4th of July celebration in 1852 in New York. There he delivered a powerful critique of American hypocrisy, entitled ‘What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?’ 'This Fourth July is yours, not mine,' he famously said to those in attendance, and subsequently refused to celebrate the holiday until all slaves were emancipated.
What I ask for the Negro is not benevolence, not pity, not sympathy, but simply justice.’
Each tea towel is approximately 19" wide by 27.5" in height and is made of 100% USA ethically sourced cotton. Each towel is stitched on all four sides and includes a cotton loop for easy hanging.