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Douglass Day 2022

Celebrating 19th-Century Black Achievement

Featured Image: Frederick Douglass, autographed portrait photograph, Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Papers, University of Pennsylvania Archives

This event has already occurred

February 14, 2022, 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Orrery Pavilion, Kislak Center, 6th Floor Van Pelt-Dietrich Library
Photograph of Frederick Douglass, Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Papers, University of Pennsylvania Archives

Douglass Day is a celebration of 19th-century Black achievement held annually on February 14, the day Frederick Douglass chose to celebrate his birthday. Each year communities gather at universities and colleges across the country to transcribe letters, news coverages and other documents related to the Colored Conventions Movement.  This year, our focus will be to transcribe the activities of Black Women in the Colored Conventions Project

This event will take place in-person and also virtually, via Zoom. Please register in advance to attend either the in-person or the virtual sessions.

Register for in-person attendance: join us at Penn Libraries, in the Class of 78 Pavilion in the Kislak Center, to help make these documents accessible online while enjoying music.  A display of antislavery primary sources related to Douglass will be on display in the Lea Library.

Please bring your own laptop, if possible, for transcribing. If you do not have a computer, a limited number of shared devices will be provided.

Register to attend this event via Zoom (link will be provided 1 day in advance).

More information about Douglass Day and the Colored Conventions Project.

Co-sponsored by the Price Lab for Digital Humanities.

In order to attend Douglass Day, you must be fully vaccinated. When entering the Library, Penn-affiliated visitors must show a green PennOpen Pass.

Non-Penn affiliated visitors must show a green pass from the PennOpen Campus system. Here are instructions for using the system:
  • Before arriving on campus, complete your vaccination, symptom, and exposure check at
  • You will receive a green pass when you report your fully vaccinated status, no symptoms, no recent contact with someone who may have COVID-19, and no recent positive test.
  • Show your green pass at the entrance to the library.

Masks must be worn at all times.