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(RNS) Frederick Douglass, whose seven-foot bronze statue was unveiled at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, is known as the father of the civil rights movement. But the 19th-century abolitionist and former slave was also a licensed preacher.


  1. Thank you for thia tidbit of history of nit only Mr. Douglas but of our great AME and AMEZ church! Some wonderful information I will share with the YPD today and with the congregation tomorrow!

  2. ClaudiaExcellJames Cross

    Thank God for those African Warriors who “Paved the Way”. Frederick Douglass was a member of our National Cathedral Of African Methodism
    in Washington, D C. , Metropolitan African Episcopal Church. There is a pew designated in his honor to this day. CEJC

  3. ClaudiaExcellJames Cross

    Apologies. Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church (correction). Did not proofread.

  4. “When I think that these precious souls are to-day shut up in the prison-house of slavery, my feelings overcome me, and I am almost ready to ask, ‘Does a righteous God govern the universe? and for what does he hold the thunders in his right hand, if not to smite the oppressor, and deliver the spoiled out of the hand of the spoiler?’ ”

    -Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass

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