Monday, May 21, 2007

The Sage of Anacostia: Frederick Douglass

"One and God make a majority"~ Frederick Douglass

"I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs"~Frederick Douglass

Who is Frederick Douglass?

These photos were taken over the weekend at the Frederick Douglass Isaac Myers Maritime Park in Baltimore, Maryland. We gathered there to celebrate my great-aunt's 80th birthday. I'll have to go back to Baltimore to take a closer look at the exhibit real soon. Happy birthday aunt Pearline!

Photos: Douglass memorial bust, Mrs. Bess and Douglass, Stephen Bess and Douglass

(The photos feature quotes by Frederick Douglass on prayer and God)

Book on Subject: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave, by Himself


Writing on Board said...

"I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs"~Frederick Douglass

Love that! Love Frederick Douglass! And happy birthday Aunt Pearline!

(And what are you doing to Frederick Douglas in that photo, Bess? 'Somebody get this man up off me!')

Stephen A. Bess said...

LOL! I'm tapping into that brain of his. :) I'm glad you like it.

Geoffrey Philp said...

Give thanks for keeping the memory of the great man alive.


Stephen A. Bess said...

Yes, and I also want to tell a new generation just in case they don't know. I think that everyone should know who Frederick Douglass is, but...
Thanks Geoffrey.

Rethabile said...

The young 'uns need to be told, indeed. This is good.

Unknown said...

Stephen - Thank you for sharing the photos and the post. Powerful material. I realized as i read through the information that I don't know as much about Frederick Douglass as I should...

peace, Villager

Fabrizio said...

Mr. Douglas had a very inspiring life.
I love when you post all those links on african american history!

See ya


Stephen A. Bess said...

Yes, they definitely need it.

Same here. I found out some things I didn't know either.
That's the beauty of research and learning.

Thanks! I'll keep it coming. :)

Anonymous said...

Pearline is such a beautiful name! Happy birthday indeed! 80 is a blessing! =)

I'll have to visit this park as well. Never been there before.

Stephen A. Bess said...

Thanks! Yes, and she is a lovely lady. It was my first time at the museum. It's really nice there. They have great artifacts inside as well.

Professor Zero said...

A reason to go to Baltimore!

Stephen A. Bess said...

LOL! :) Professor, I like Baltimore, but most people need a very good reason to go. This is one.

Professor Zero said...

I mean - the Frederick Douglass park, a really good reason - I always used to go to B. for family reasons but of course we never got to see this and, not doing my research on the area, I did not know it was there. Got to go!

Stephen A. Bess said...

Okay, I see. I need to also visit the new Museum of African American History Culture. It's a shame I haven't been there.

Unknown said...


Dangerfield said...

Yo what's up Stephen Frederick Douglas is a hero of mine. I have put together a black history audio blog that is still comming together anyway I posted an audio recording of the memoirs of frederick douglass.

Here is the link to it right here

Anyway when you get a chance check out the audio black history blog I am currently working on @

Also I am sending you an email about a history project I am working on.

Stephen A. Bess said...

Yes, loving the quote. Welcome.

It's cool that you're working on a history project. We're brothers of the same kind. :)I'll be looking for your email. Peace~

Anonymous said...

"I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs"~Frederick Douglass

Yes, Sir! Faith without works is dead. Our faith brought us thus far.
Thank you Mr Douglass for your great example, and contribution. Who said we don't like education? How can we not like education if we are cut from the same cloth as the likes of Frederick Douglass!!

Great pix

Thank you Stephen for conscientizing the masses. Much love to you and yours **wink**

Stephen A. Bess said...

Well said! Yes, we must step out in Faith. We have to...we must! I must! :)
Many blessings to you and yours as well. Peace~

Dance_Soul said...

The new page pic is AWESOME - great idea. It adds a whole lota soul to an already abundantly soulful blog.

Anonymous said...

I love that header picture...fabulous!

Stephen A. Bess said...

See, you're a lady who appreciates soul! That's what I like about you. You're awsome too. Thanks. I didn't want to solicit any thoughts on it so it makes me feel really good that you noticed. I love it too. I tried two other pictures and this one seems to capture my heart and what is in it. So, many many thanks. *hug*

A big thanks to you as well and hello! :)

Stephen A. Bess said...

By the way, the artwork is by a South Carolina artist named Jonathan Green. He's fantastic!

Title of painting: Tales, 1988

Anonymous said...

Hi Stephen! Sorry I have not been around, I had to put my bestest buddy down. (My kitty Luther after 12 years together) He was really sick though, so he is in a better place now! But I still miss him. So, it has been a tough time, but I am back on the up and up now.

I am going to have to catch up on your blog. I LOVE the new picture, and now I have another reason to go out East on vacation.

Stephen A. Bess said...

Hello! I'm sorry about your buddy Luther. We become so close to pets. They are like family and sometimes we love them more. :)Yes, he's in a better place. I appreicate you stopping through. You like my picture? Yes, I like it too. It captures my essence. Yes, come East. We would love to have you in our town. Peace~

Klara said...

"I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs"~Frederick Douglass!!!
Am loving it so much! Definately so True!

Stephen A. Bess said...

That quote is so inspiring isn't it! Yes!

lyre said...

I was about to ask (duh!) what the qoute meant until I read comments. Praying with you rlegs...I love it! I need to read more of his works. I wonder if any of his works are on CD?

Stephen A. Bess said...

lol. That's right. We can't pray for something and not have the faith to step out and do it. I've never heard of Frederick Douglass' work on CD, but maybe there is.

Anonymous said...

Ohhh!! Stephen, I am loving the artwork you added to your blog! Great choice!!

Anonymous said...

Oh how fantastic! I haven't been to Baltimore for a visit in a minute. I'm going to make my way up there soon. Thanks for sharing these!

Lyrically speaking said...

Nice pics, you always take good ones :)

black feline said...

simple but yet powerful words...there's a movie called amazing grace...about willaim wilberforce...your take on him?

Stephen A. Bess said...

Thank you! I enjoyed that day.

He's a great abolitionist. The thing I like most about the whites who fought against slavery in those days is they had nothing to gain from it. Freedom for all was their main concern.
Today, politicians have their own agendas when it comes to the rights of Latinos and Blacks in this country. Well, that's another post. Peace~