Douglass Day 2023

We invite you to a birthday party for Frederick Douglass. Although Douglass was born into bondage, and never knew his birthdate, he chose to celebrate every year on February 14th. This year, Douglass Day celebrates the life and activism of Mary Ann Shadd Cary (1823-1893). She was one of the earliest Black women to edit a newspaper, serve as a Civil War recruiter, attend law school, and so much more. Help us transcribe documents from Shadd Cary’s long and fascinating life to enrich several newly digitized collections at Archives of Ontario and Libraries and Archives Canada. We kick off Douglass Day with a keynote with Ozi Uduma, assistant curator of Global Contemporary Art at the University of Michigan Museum of Art.

Our 2023 Douglass Day flyer featuring a portrait of this year’s honoree, Mary Ann Shadd Cary,

Pau Nava (left), a member of planning team,  with a zine that they created and one of our delicious cupcakes while our DS Rackham intern, Megan Rim (right) works the button maker.

Keynote from Ozi Uduma