Jefferson and Douglass: A Conversation

When: Sat., Sept. 19, 2 & 7 p.m. 2020

Our annual program “Conversations with Mr. Jefferson” returns to Poplar Forest on September 19. For the first time, Mr. Jefferson will welcome an American historical figure from an era that followed his own when he is joined by famed abolitionist, autobiographer and orator Frederick Douglass. Born in 1818 into slavery in Maryland, Douglass escaped in 1838, relocating to Massachusetts. After the almost immediate success of his first autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, he began traveling the world and speaking out against the institution of slavery. In the 1840s, he became involved in the women’s suffrage movement, believing everyone, regardless of race or gender, should have the same rights. Well into his retirement by the time Douglass was born, Jefferson debated the evils of slavery throughout his public life, all the while owning over 600 enslaved people at numerous plantations. Listen to the two men discuss their lives, work and beliefs and enjoy a lively question-and-answer session following the conversation. Matinee performance starts at 2:00 p.m. followed by a dessert reception. Evening performance begins at 7:00 p.m. followed by a heavy hors d’oeuvres and wine reception. Tickets to the matinee are $32 for adults (ages 17 and over) and $14 for youth (ages 6–16). Tickets to the evening performance are $37 for adults (ages 17 and over) and $20 for youth (ages 6–16).

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