LOST HISTORY: “The Radical Friendship of T. Thomas Fortune and Frederick Douglass”
Saturday, February 8, 2020 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
T. Thomas Fortune Foundation and Cultural Center
94 Drs James Parker Boulevard Red Bank, New Jersey 07701
Paramount to the study and discussion of the history of American Journalism, and the pantheon of the Black Press, are the careers and contributions of Frederick Douglass and T. Thomas Fortune.
Douglass took an active role in mentoring and supporting Timothy Thomas Fortune, forty years his junior, while a law student at Howard University in Washington, D.C. in the 1870s. With the development of the first national organization for African-American journalists and editors, Douglass and Fortune worked side by side. Sharing platform stages in cities from Virginia to New Jersey, Douglass and Fortune developed a friendship across generations and geography. In 1892 Fortune visited Cedar Hill, the Washington, D.C. home of Douglass, and wrote one of the most revealing and personal newspaper profiles of the Lion of Anacostia.