Lincoln Cane Given To Frederick Douglass

Date:
1860s

Originally owned by President Abraham Lincoln and given to Frederick Douglass by Mary Todd Lincoln after her husband's death in recognition of Douglass' recruiting efforts during the Civil War. Mr. Douglass at his residence in Rochester, New York wrote a thank you letter to Mrs. Abraham Lincoln on August 17, 1865. In the letter he thanked Mrs. Lincoln for given him the late president Abraham Lincoln's favorite walking stick. Source: Life and Writings of Frederick Douglass, Vol. III. Edited by Philip S. Foner, 1950.

Description (physical):

Wood, metal, antler. L 89, D 13 cm

Location:
1411 W Street SE Washington,District of Columbia 20020
Identifier:
FRDO 1898
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

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

Pair Of Gloves

Mr. Douglass wore these kidskin gloves.

Description (physical):

Kidskin. L 24, W 11 cm (left); L 25.5, W 10 cm (right)

Location:
1411 W Street SE Washington,District of Columbia 20020
Identifier:
FRDO 2179; FRDO 2177
Institution:
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Dumbbells

Date:
1890-1895

Each dumbbell weighs 12 pounds. Frederick Douglass' granddaugher Fredericka Sprague Perry noted in her journal, "In the mornings before breakfast and in all degrees of temperature Douglass goes out on the porch or in the yard and swing the dumbbells both alternately then both at the same time, over, behind, and in front...." The undated journal is in the Manuscript department, Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University, Washington, DC.

Description (physical):

Metal. L 22, W 7.5 cm

Location:
1411 W Street SE Washington,District of Columbia 20020
Identifier:
FRDO 3136; FRDO 3135
Institution:
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Stereoscope

Date:
1895
Creator:
James M. Davis
Publisher/Studio:
Philadelphia, PA
Description (physical):

Wood, glass. L 30, W 13.6 cm

Location:
1411 W Street SE Washington,District of Columbia 20020
Identifier:
FRDO 2189
Institution:
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Lincoln Cane

Date:
1860s

Originally owned by President Abraham Lincoln and given to Frederick Douglass by Mary Todd Lincoln after her husband's death in recognition of Douglass' recruiting efforts during the Civil War. Mr. Douglass at his residence in Rochester, New York wrote a thank you letter to Mrs. Abraham Lincoln on August 17, 1865. In the letter he thanked Mrs. Lincoln for given him the late president Abraham Lincoln's favorite walking stick. Source: Life and Writings of Frederick Douglass, Vol. III. Edited by Philip S. Foner, 1950.

Description (physical):

Wood, metal, antler. L 89, D 13 cm

Location:
1411 W Street SE Washington,District of Columbia 20020
Identifier:
FRDO 1898
Institution:
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Slop Jar

Date:
1881-1883
Creator:
Haynes
Publisher/Studio:
Baltimore, MD

The house did not have a bathroom. Once the chamber pot was filled, the waste was put into the slop jar and taken to the outhouse.

Description (physical):

Ceramic. H 36, Dia 89 cm

Location:
1411 W Street SE Washington,District of Columbia 20020
Identifier:
FRDO 1912
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

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