Born Frederick Douglass Augustus Washington Bailey, in Talbot, Maryland. Douglass, not knowing his true date of birth chose February 14, 1818. Frederick, born into slavery, was possibly the natural son of his enslaved mother's owner.
After teaching himself to read, he taught others, escaped from slavery, established the North Star newspaper, wrote a biography that was translated in many languages; an activist for civil rights, human rights, women's rights; touring orator, statesman, conductor of the Underground Railroad. Frederick Douglass was heralded to be the most photographed person in the 19th century choosing to use photography as a form of direct protest against the American slave system and direct promotion of Blackness.
Frederick, wife Anna Murray Douglass resided in Rochester, New York for 20 years with their children, Rosetta, Lewis, Frederick Jr., Charles, and Annie,
He died in 1895 at the estimated age of 77, in Washington, DC.
Frederick Douglass Experiment
The Frederick Douglass Experiment is an interactive sound walk utilizing excerpts of essays, speeches, and practiced ideals of Frederick Douglass.
Participants walk through personal and professional sites in Douglass' self-professed home city of Rochester, New York, while listening to an experimental poetic sonic experience.
The Frederick Douglass Experiment sound walk is an initiative of the Rochester Contemporary Art Center for the, No Soil Better: Art and the Living Legacy of Frederick Douglass exhibit, Curated by Bleu Cease, February 2, March 18, 2018.
Annette Daniels Taylor
Annette Daniels Taylor practices art which explores public history and public space through memory, sound, and performance. She invites visitors to travel the sites where Frederick Douglass and his family lived, worked and dreamed while living in Rochester, New York.
Walk and learn through a journey of songs, story and sound exploring changes in landscape, architecture and space.
Annette is an Arthur Schomburg fellow at the Department of Media Study, SUNY University at Buffalo.
Voices/Vocals: Annette Daniels Taylor *except where noted*
Musical/Vocal arrangement: Annette Daniels Taylor
Audio tracks produced, written and performed: Annette Daniels Taylor *except for texts of Frederick Douglass' original speeches and essays, where noted.
Website design: Annette Daniels Taylor
Color photos: Annette Daniels Taylor
Archived photos: Archive.org Internet Archive creative commons/ Public domain
TRACK LIST IN ORDER:
**Prayed for Freedom
*Text/lyrics from each audio track derived from Frederick Douglass original speeches and/or essays.
See bibliography for exact titles and dates.
**additional voices, "Slave Auction, Roots, 1977, Wolper productions"
***From V. Sandwick Schmitt's (2017) ebook, Rochester’s Frederick Douglass, for the Rochester of Science Museum
Special thanks to:
Professor Sarah Elder
Professor Josephine Antsey
Department of Media Study, University at Buffalo, SUNY
All tracks produced, recorded, edited, and mixed: Annette Daniels Taylor
with an Apple Macbook Pro using Garageband, Tascam DR-40, & Sno-Ball Mic inside a small home studio, with additional recordings at SUNY UB's Department Media Study audio lab.