Black PR History Event, Feb. 1, Frederick Douglass

1841 — Frederick Douglass, a newly-freed man and budding leader of the anti-slavery movement, sat for his first photograph. He felt that the newly invented daguerreotype portrait could become such an influential force in the movement, that Douglass sat for 160 photographs in all — becoming the most photographed person of the 19th century. Photography, he said, “highlighted the essential humanity of its subjects,” so that “the humblest servant girl may now possess a picture of herself such as the wealth of kings could not purchase 50 years ago.” Learn more how Douglass employed photography in his anti-slavery campaign from Douglass's own descendant, Kenneth Morris, at the Black PR History event, held February 1 at the Lubin house in New York.