Haitian President Florvil Hyppolite

Date:
c. 1893
Creator:
Watson
Publisher/Studio:
Port-Au-Prince

President of Haiti from (1889-1896), Florvil Hyppolite, gave this portrait to Mr. Douglass at the World Columbian Exposition. The exposition was held in Chicago, IL from 1892-1893. The French inscription reads: “Sincere regards to F. Douglass from Hyppolite President of Haite.” Mr. Douglass was a co-commissioner appointed by the government of Haiti.

Description (physical):

Paper, wood. L 64, W 54.5 cm

Location:
1411 W Street SE Washington,District of Columbia 20020
Identifier:
FRDO 159
Institution:
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Letter From The Department Of The Interior

Date:
August 10, 1863

This letter from the Department of the Interior granted Frederick Douglass the right of a free man. Four signatures at bottom with Abraham Lincoln's on left (dated).

Description (physical):

Paper. L 24.5, W 19.5 cm

Location:
1411 W Street SE Washington,District of Columbia 20020
Identifier:
FRDO 3863
Institution:
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Eyeglasses

Date:
1890-1895

Mr. Douglass' non-prescription sunglasses.

Description (physical):

Wire, glass. W 11.8 cm

Location:
1411 W Street SE Washington,District of Columbia 20020
Identifier:
FRDO 3143
Institution:
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Shoes

Frederick Douglass' shoes.

Description (physical):

Leather, wood. L 31.2, W 10.4, H 8.8 cm

Location:
1411 W Street SE Washington,District of Columbia 20020
Identifier:
FRDO 3137; FRDO 3138
Institution:
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Suspenders

Date:
1890-1895

Frederick Douglass's suspenders.

Description (physical):

Textile, leather. L 88.5 cm

Location:
1411 W Street SE Washington,District of Columbia 20020
Identifier:
FRDO 3141
Institution:
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Frederick Douglass

Description (physical):

Paper. L 10.6, W 6.2 cm

Location:
1411 W Street SE Washington,District of Columbia 20020
Identifier:
FRDO 3935
Institution:
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Frederick Douglass

Photograph by B.E. Hawkins, Steubenville, OH

Description (physical):

Paper. L 10, W 6.2 cm

Location:
1411 W Street SE Washington,District of Columbia 20020
Identifier:
FRDO 3937
Institution:
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Frederick Douglass

Date:
1883
Creator:
Sarah J. Eddy

Douglass is holding the baton that symbolized his authority during his tenure as marshal of the District of Columbia. Douglass sat for this portrait during two visits to Rhode Island in the spring and summer of 1883. The artist, Eddy, was a sculptress and painter and a member of the wealthy Rhode Island family. She was active in reform, abolition and feminism movements.

Description (physical):

Canvas, oil. H 163, W 124.5 cm

Location:
1411 W Street SE Washington,District of Columbia 20020
Identifier:
FRDO 125
Institution:
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Bust Of Frederick Douglass

Date:
1872
Creator:
Mundy Johnson

The bust of Douglass at 55 is a version of the marble bust of Douglass by Johnson Mundy done for the city of Rochester. That bust was unveiled in 1879. Today it resides at Frederick Douglass hall at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. The idea for this the bust took hold in late 1872. One thousand dollars was needed to defray the artist's fee. Sculptor Mundy went to Washington, D.C. to model a cast of Douglass' features and the bust was unveiled seven years later.

Description (physical):

Material: Plaster. H: 89 cm.

Location:
1411 W Street SE Washington, District of Columbia 20020
Identifier:
FRDO 1670
Institution:
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Frederick Douglass Death Mask

Date:
1895
Creator:
Ulric Dunbar

Washingtonian sculptor Dunbar came to Cedar Hill the day after Douglass' death and created this death mask. Death masks were an important cultural aspect of mourning rituals for many people during the middle ages and into the early twentieth century. Creating death masks declined after the advent of photography.

Description (physical):

Plaster. L 28.6, W 18.6, T 14.2 cm

Location:
1411 W Street SE Washington,District of Columbia 20020
Identifier:
FRDO 240
Institution:
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site