Frederick Douglass honoured
On Wednesday 20th February 2013 at noon, a blue heritage plaque will be unveiled in South Kensington to honour the American Social reformer and abolitionist Frederick Douglass.
he plaque will be unveiled on Nell Gwynn House, Whiteheads Grove, SW3 which is the site of the former home of British abolitionist George Thompson, who Frederick Douglass stayed with for a time in 1846, while lecturing in London on the horrors of the slave trade. Organized by the English Heritage approved plaque scheme, the Nubian Jak Community Trust, this will be the first blue plaque unveiled in the capital for 2013.
It is likely to be immense media interest due to the fact that it is being installed exactly 118 years to the day Frederick Douglass passed away. The Nubian Jak Community Trust is being partnered by the American Embassy to do the tribute, and the unveiling will be streamed live to the United States.
The Royal borough of Kensington and Chelsea are also supporting the event, which will include a reception after the unveiling where an exhibition displaying the work of 150 school students from 5 London schools will be shown. The schools have been working with Nubian Jak over the last three months in researching the life and times of Frederick Douglass.
The venue for the reception will be the new Campbells of London Art Gallery at 35 Thurloe Street SW7, a 3 minute walk from Nell Gwynn House and directly opposite South Kensington tube station. The art gallery will also be formally opened by the deputy chief mission to the United States Embassy, Her Excellency Barbara Stephenson.
The plaque tribute ceremony is open to all members of the public. NB: After the initial exhibition at Campberll of London, the exhibition of the students will then go on display at the US Embassy in London until 31st March 2013
Date: Wednesday 20th February Time: Mid-day (12am ceremony start) and 1pm – 3pm for reception Plaque Ceremony: Nell Gwynn House, Whiteheads Grove, South Kensington, SE3 3AX Plaque Reception: Campbells of London Art Gallery, 35 Thurloe Street SW7 (Directly Opposite South Kensington tube station)
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