“Claims of a Generous Forgetfulness: Frederick Douglass’ Contention for the Importance of Memory, Recollection, and Commemoration of the Civil War and Beyond”

Ulysses S Grant National Historic Site



Dates & Times


Sunday, January 15, 2023


2:00 PM


1 hour

Type of Event



Frederick Douglass undoubtedly was the most prominent African American figure of the nineteenth century. His biography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, is one of the most riveting accounts of how a formerly enslaved individual rose from the depths of slavery, became a stalwart member of the Abolitionist Movement, established himself as a premier orator, and pushed for the involvement of Black men to fight for the Union cause during the Civil War. This presentation will focus primarily on how Frederick Douglass dedicated the last years of his life to preserving the memory of the Civil War, its focal point, emancipation for formerly enslaved Blacks, and the victories of the Grant Administration in a post-Civil War America.

Reservation or Registration: Yes

Free, reservations required. Please call (314) 842-1867