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Douglass Day 2022

This guide includes information related to the Douglass Day 2022 commemoration at Trinity University, sponsored by the Trinity University Humanities Collective.

Douglass Day 2022 at Trinity

Monday, February 14 
11 AM-2 PM
Coates Library room 103

Virtual option: contact humanities@trinity.edu for zoom link and password

Join us in-person or virtually to celebrate the life and impact of Frederick Douglass. 

Help us transcribe the records of the Colored Conventions Project. This year's transcription effort will focus on the contribution of Black women at the conventions. 

Sponsored by the Trinity University Humanities Collective. See the Event Flyer for more information. 

What is Douglass Day?

After Frederick Douglass passed away in 1895, African American communities gathered to celebrate his birthday every year on February 14th. These memorials offered a space for reflection on the past and the questions of today. Douglass Day was one of the origins of Black History Month. In 2017, the Colored Conventions Project revived these celebrations as an annual day for preserving Black history. 

Douglass Day is an online and international celebration and transcribe-a-thon in honor of Frederick Douglass, along with the Colored Conventions and the Black men and women activists of the past and present. Douglass Day is presented by the Center for Black Digital Research at the Pennsylvania State University and Zooniverse.

During the event, participants contribute to important digital archive projects. This year we will be transcribing the digitized records of the Colored Conventions, a movement during the 1800s when African Americans held state and national conventions to debate the larger struggle for Black civil rights, racial justice, and equality. To learn more, see https://coloredconventions.org

Our main activity will be transcribing all sorts of nineteenth-century American documents (from letters and diaries to certificates and postcards). Don’t feel comfortable reading old handwriting? Try working in pairs. There are also lots of typewritten documents that are easier to read. 

Participants span the globe and include high school students, college and university students, public library users, museum patrons, student groups, amateur historians and genealogists, librarians, archivists, scholars, teachers, activists, church goers, and other volunteers.

Community Members and Campus Visitors

UPDATED:  We have received approval for community and non-Trinity participants to attend the event in the library.  Aside from signage directing visitors to library room 103 on the first floor, our staff at the front desk of the library will be glad to help direct you. 

Attendance and  participation by Zoom remains available.