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Tracing the legacies of Frederick Douglass and other social reformers in Ireland and Northern Ireland

April 15 @ 9:00 am - 1:30 pm


“Why Remember? Tracing the legacies of Frederick Douglass and other social reformers in Ireland and Northern Ireland”

A half-day symposium at PRONI.

The event, hosted by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) in collaboration with #DouglassWeek, brings together scholars, historians, community members, activists, thought leaders and descendants of Frederick Douglass for a dynamic exchange of ideas and perspectives. The symposium aims to unravel the multifaceted legacy of Douglass within the Irish context, shedding light on his experiences in Northern Ireland and Ireland and detailing the profound impact he continues to have on work towards justice and equality around the world.

The symposium highlights the vital contributions of abolitionists, activists and leaders including Mary Ann McCracken, Winnie Carney, Isabel Jennings and others, alongside contemporary champions of civil and human rights. Discussions and dialogue will deepen our understanding of Douglass’s transatlantic connections while celebrating Ireland’s rich history of activism and solidarity, 180 years after Douglass’s journey.

Confirmed speakers include: Prof Celeste-Marie Bernier (University of Edinburgh), Dr Margaret Ward (Clifton House), Dr Sean Napier (1798 walking tours in Belfast), Stephen Scarth (PRONI), Dr Maurice Casey (QUB), Dr Tom Thorpe and Mark Doherty (Anti Slavery Tours Belfast), Mimi Unamoyo (Bomoko NI), Israel Eguaogie (Diverse Youth NI), Dr Hannah-Rose Murray (Queen Mary University, London), Beverly Simpson and Dominic Nartey (NW Migrants Forum) and many more

This event is part of the week-long event series called #DouglassWeek 2024 (14th-20th April), which takes place in various locations in Belfast city and beyond. #DouglassWeek celebrates and advances the legacy of Frederick Douglass around the world and is organized by The Globe Lane Initiative, a women-led US 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting history, cultural exchange and social justice. The week includes both in-person and online discussions, talks, performances, exhibitions and other events. The full schedule of events will be published this month. More information can be found at


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