Feb 14 Ebenezer Bassett and Frederick Douglass, African American Leaders in American Diplomacy NOON

Ebenezer Bassett and Frederick Douglass, African American Leaders in American Diplomacy

Ebenezer BassettIn recognition of African American History Month and the bicentennial of Frederick Douglass’s birthday, please join the United States Diplomacy Center for a special program exploring the diplomatic careers  of two 19th century prominent African Americans who served as U.S. ministers to Haiti:  Ebenezer Bassett, America’s first African American diplomat, and Frederick Douglass, abolitionist, writer, activist, civil servant, and diplomat. 

Christopher Teal, U.S. Foreign Service Officer and author of Hero of Hispaniola:  America’s First Black Diplomat, Ebenezer D. Bassett, will discuss his current project, a documentary on Bassett, after a screening of the upcoming film.  Dr. Ka’mal McClarin, Curator at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, National Park Service, lends insight into Douglass’s little-known diplomatic career.  Several artifacts belonging to Douglass during his time in Haiti will be on display. 

12:00 PM, United States Diplomacy Center, U.S. Department of State
330 21st Street NW Washington DC

RSVP required Bring a government-issued photo ID/Seating is limited