Panama Hat

Date:
1889-1891

Hat likely worn by Frederick Douglass in Haiti and illustrated in the lithograph. Douglass' papers, now in the Library of Congress Manuscript Division, indicate that he was concerned about the extremely hot weather in Haiti. Panama hats like ths one were made in Ecuador. It is said that they were introduced to the United States during the construction of the Panama Canal to protect workers against the sun. The hats are highly prized. The finest examples have an even, creamy texture, and are made with a very tight weave. The true Panama hat is made of natural fiber, Carludovica palmate and are called sombrero de paja toquilla or 'hats of the toquilla plant."

Description (physical):

Toquilla fiber. H 11, Diameter [crown] 23, [rim] 53.5 cm

Location:
1411 W Street SE Washington,District of Columbia 20020
Identifier:
FRDO 2197
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

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

Don't Know Much About the Civil War

Date:
1996
Creator:
Kenneth C. Davis
Publisher/Studio:
New York, NY: Morrow & Company

Book that addresses commonly held beliefs and thoughts regarding the Civil War.

Description (physical):

Hardback

Location:
301 East Pratt Street Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Identifier:
E462.D32, LCCN: 95-50352
Institution:
USS Constellation Museum

Handkerchief

Date:
1890-1895
Description (physical):

Textile. L 46, W 46 cm

Location:
1411 W Street SE Washington,District of Columbia 20020
Identifier:
FRDO 3163
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

Frederick Douglass With Madam Hyppolite In Haiti

Date:
c. 1871
Creator:
James E. Taylor

Frederick Douglass wearing a wide brimmed Panama hat & carrying a riding crop. He stands a few steps below Madam Hyppolite, wife of the Haitian president. She is wearing a riding habit. Under the grant administration, Douglass was assistant secretary of the commission of inquiry to Santo Dominago in 1871. In this scene Douglass is questioning the residents. Bottom right bears the signature, James E. Taylor. (James E. Taylor (1839-1901) was an illustrator for the Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper.)

Description (physical):

Paper. W 59, L 4 cm

Location:
1411 W Street SE Washington,District of Columbia 20020
Identifier:
FRDO 157
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