Grafton High School

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  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • Unbound and Unbroken: The Story of Frederick Douglass
  • Octavian Nothing: Traitor to the Nation, The Black Family in Slavery and Freedom

  • Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson



Grafton, WV March 2015 – Grafton High School will host Frederick Douglass from Slavery to Freedom: The Journey to New York City, a national traveling exhibition, on display in March.  The exhibition explores the youth of Frederick Douglass, born a slave in Maryland in 1818, who after his escape to NY in 1838 became one of the most famous men in nineteenth-century America. Douglass fought to end slavery and championed civil rights for all Americans. His autobiography, published in 1845, was a powerful weapon in the abolitionist cause, and a bestseller in the United States. The exhibition poses the question: What aspects of his youth shaped his determination to be free? 

Frederick Douglass from Slavery to Freedom: The Journey to New York City was developed from his autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. The exhibition was curated by Susan F. 

The exhibition has been displayed at schools, museums, libraries, and historic sites across the country. “We are pleased to have been selected as a site for this exhibition,” said Mr. Zukowski. “Through digital reproductions of letters, photographs, and broadsides, the exhibition invites visitors to learn about the life and legacy of Frederick Douglass. We hope this exhibition will help our students gain a deeper understanding of Douglass’ quest for freedom and the difficult choices he made. These choices can resonate for Americans today who are facing great challenges in achieving their goals and dreams.”

GHS is sponsoring free programs and other events for the public inconnection with the exhibition.

Contact Mr Zukowski for more information.

About the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

Founded in 1994 by Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a nonprofit organization devoted to the improvement of history education. The Institute has developed an array of programs for schools, teachers, and students that now operate in all fifty states, including a website that features the more than 60,000 unique historical documents in the Gilder Lehrman Collection, Each year the Institute offers support and resources to tens of thousands of teachers, and through them enhances the education of more than a million students. The Institute’s programs have been recognized by awards from the White House, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Organization of American Historians. 


The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

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