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Frederick Douglass Visits Saratoga County in 1849

Frederick Douglass Google Doodle

While online today, you may have noticed that today’s “Google Doodle” honors Frederick Douglass.  Born on an unknown date around 1818, he later chose to celebrate his birthday on February 14.  The famed abolitionist orator visited Saratoga County on a few occasions through the nineteenth century.  In 1849, he included Schuylerville, Quaker Springs, and Dean’s Corners on his speaking itinerary.  We have included an article from the June 22, 1849 North Star newspaper (an abolitionist publication established by Douglass) which details his experiences in the area.

North Star Schuylerville 6.22.1849 Frederick Douglass in Saratoga County


North Star Schuylerville 1 North Star Schuylerville 2

North Star Schuylerville 3

North Star Schuylerville 4

For additional information about abolitionist organizations in the Schuylerville area, check out this article.

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