“Right is of no Sex — Truth is of no Color”

Frederick Douglass (1818–95), shown here in a photo taken circa 1850 (Photo Credit: F2F)

Growing up, Frederick Douglass endured repeated beatings for learning to read and write, and for teaching fellow slaves. As an adult—following a failed escape attempt— his owner sent him to toil in the Baltimore shipyards. After two years, Douglass disguised himself as a sailor, borrowed papers from a free black man, and took a train north.