Strike for Freedom: Slavery, Civil War and the Frederick Douglass family'

  • Bernier, C. (Curator)
  • Walter O Evans (Contributor)
  • Andrea Baker (Artist)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Festival/Exhibition


'Strike for Freedom' displays material from the Library's collections alongside loaned items from the Walter O and Linda Evans Collection. Together they present a picture of Douglass's commitment to social justice.

Situating Douglass and his family in relation to transatlantic abolitionism and black radical reform movements, it is the first display of its kind to show the family's manuscripts, letters and photographs, as held in the Walter O. Evans Collection.

Celeste-Marie Bernier acted as guest curator to the exhibition and opened it with a short public talk. Walter O and Linda Evans also attended the exhibition opening. As stated in several newspaper reports on the exhibition, Dr Evans said:
'I am pleased that the letters, papers and photographs from my Douglass collection are being exhibited at the National Library of Scotland. Douglass loved Scotland and I can think of no better place or time to exhibit this material than in Edinburgh on the 200-year anniversary of his birth.'

The exhibition launch also featured a song performance by British-American mezzo-soprano Andrea Baker.
Period4 Oct 201816 Feb 2019
Event typeExhibition
LocationEdinburgh, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionLocal