On February 14, 2018, we invite you to a 200th birthday party for Frederick Douglass. We will enjoy some birthday cake while we transcribe the online records of the Freedmen’s Bureau. The Freedmen’s Bureau was established by Congress after the Civil War to help formerly enslaved people transition to freedom. The event will feature a reading of a speech by Frederick Douglass on a live video stream, along with brief talks by historians and Smithsonian curators.
This event is presented by the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Smithsonian Transcription Center, and the Colored Conventions Project. The event at Princeton will join 40+ schools and over 1,000 people transcribing simultaneously across the US and abroad. Come when you can, bring a laptop, and leave when you must. This event is free and open to the public.
Center for Digital Humanities
Carl A. Fields Center for Equality + Cultural Understanding
Princeton University Library
Pace Center for Civic Engagement
Department of African American Studies