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Frederick Douglass Remembers Ireland

PHOTO CREDIT: Nathan (as Douglass) poses beside Douglass in Ireland Statue.  Taken by Christine Kinealy Prof. of Irish Studies at Quinnipiac University.

The 2021/2022 Frederick Douglass Speaking Tour celebrates the 21 month sojourn of Frederick Douglass through Ireland and England 176 Years ago.  

Meet Nathan Richardson as Frederick Douglass in Ireland Fall 2022 when he returns for a week of living history performances tracing his footsteps of 1845. CONTACT US NOW if you would like Frederick Douglass to visit to your city, school, college, church, museum during our visit to Ireland and England Fall 2022 >>>

Frederick Douglass was 27 years old and still an escaped slave when he left Lynn, MA and arrived in Dublin on the 31st of August 1845. He had crossed the Atlantic from Boston to Liverpool and then traveled on to Ireland. Douglass’s principal hosts in Ireland were members of the Quaker community, including his Dublin publisher, Richard Webb. Webb helped Douglass republish his first book, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass which quickly sold out. During his visit, Douglass delivered lectures on slavery and temperance in Dublin, Cork, Waterford, Wexford, Youghal, Limerick, Celbridge, Bangor, Lisburn and Belfast. After leaving Ireland he spent 17 months in England where supporters helped Douglass purchase his freedom. 


Douglass Historian and living history interpreter Nathan M. Richardson captures completely the physical and spiritual essence of Frederick Douglass and his recollections of Ireland. 

Mr. Richardson has the following Irish/American collaborations to his credit.


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