Second Annual Douglass Week Ru...


Second Annual Douglass Week Running Across City Until Next Tuesday, 15th February

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03:10 12 Feb 2022

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The second annual Douglass Week is running across the city until next Tuesday, the 15th February.

The festival celebrates the US anti-slavery campaigner Frederick Douglass.

Born into slavery, Douglass became an influential leader in the anti-slavery movement in the United States in the 19th century.

He visited Ireland in 1845 to build support for the abolitionist cause.

He spent a month in Cork; with his famously powerful speeches attracting crowds in the thousands.

On Saturday, Dr. Laurence Fenton will host a walking tour called the 'Cork Abolitionists Trail' which takes in 12 locations tracing Douglass' footsteps across the city.

Speaking to RedFM News, Douglass Week Co-organiser, Dr. Caroline Dunham-Schroeter said that people from over 90 counteries will be attending the festival:

"People are so inspired, so interested, so energised - and we love it. Views of our events and hits on our website and our social media and our Youtube have really gone up about 20%, I'd say. And we have people from over 90 countries joining us this week."

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