Photograph by T. Asset, Washington, DC
Frederick Douglass and Clara Barton first met shortly after the end of the Civil War in l865 and remained friends thereafter. Barton's contribution to African American soldiers during the Civil War was well known, especially her assistance to the all-black Massachusetts 54th Regiment, which had been recruited by Frederick Douglass. Douglass was one of the founding members of the American Red Cross. His name appears on the 1882 United States Ratification of the Geneva Convention, signed by President Chester A. Arthur. Frederick Douglass is also listed as a governing member of the Committee in the 1882 "Appeal to the American People."
Paper. L 16.5, W 10.7 cm
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, FRDO 36