Taken from His Mother at Birth… Never Knew his Father…

Frederick Douglass

An American Hero

“1818. (Exact date unknown) Frederick Douglass is born as Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, a slave at Holme Hill Farm, Talbot County, Maryland.
His mother, Harriet Bailey, was a field slave from whom he was separated during his infancy. Douglass only saw his mother four or five times thereafter and for only a few hours each time. She had been sold to a man who lived twelve miles from where Douglass lived, and to see her son required that after her day’s work in the field she walk the twelve miles, visit with him for a short time during the night, walk the twelve miles back to her home, and work a second day in the fields without rest. She died when Douglass was about seven.
Douglass never knew for certain whom his father was. He did know that his father was white, and he believed he was his master, Aaron Anthony.”

 

http://www.math.buffalo.edu/~sww/0history/hwny-douglass-family.html

 

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