The Frederick Douglass Institute at West Chester University is named for one of the 19th century's most famous figures. A former slave, orator, writer, politician, advisor to Presidents, and an affirmative voice for everybody's inalienable right to freedom, Douglass was also a conductor of the Underground Railroad. He is the human example behind the institute and its belief in the critical role of education in the organized life of a democracy. The Institute is an academic program that supports, promotes, and advocates the study of Doulgass and his life and times. A major activity in the life of the Institute is the relationship between Douglass and his support of the elimination of slavery; the UGRR was one of the major forms of resistance to the culture of slavery. The Institute is committed to implementing its mission by developing areas of scholarship and research for understanding the UGRR movement in our society.
Visitor Information: Currently open to public.
Location: High and Rosedale Ave, West Chester, 19383
National Park Unit: No
Ownership: James Trotman
Location Type: Program
UGRR Operatives: Frederick Douglass