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The Douglas County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted 5-0 to proclaim February 12, 2022, as Fredrick Douglass Day in Douglas County. After Frederick Douglass passed away in 1895, many saw the importance of honoring his memory and activism. These celebrations helped give rise to Black History Month, enriching the long tradition of African American rituals for remembering the past.
“I am humbled by this befitting moment, said Douglas County Chairwoman, Dr. Romona Jackson Jones,” “I’d like to thank the team of citizens for bringing this item before the board. Fredrick Douglass’ fight for human rights continues to resonate.”
Douglass was an abolitionist, a political visionary, and a businessman who helped former slaves out of bondage. Douglass also founded a newspaper and served as president of the Freedman’s bank, which helped black Civil War veterans secure loans and financial resources.
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