Frederick Douglass Council

The Frederick Douglass Council (FDC) provides support for the New-York Historical programming, exhibitions, and collections that enrich and advance the knowledge and documentation of African Americans and the African Diaspora in American History and develop a more comprehensive understanding of America today. (Membership dues + $40)

In addition to regular Membership benefits, Members of the Frederick Douglass Council also receive:

  • Dedicated communications and advance notice of programming on African American history
  • Special pricing on tickets to select public programs
  • Invitations to select exhibition openings
  • Invitations to select Curator Insight Series events, fellow and staff lectures, and receptions
  • The opportunity to join the Frederick Douglass Council leadership group*

*Frederick Douglass Council Leaders meet regularly to set the direction of FDC events and programs for the upcoming year. FDC members at the Friend level and above will receive an invitation to join the Leaders.

To join the FDC, select your preferred membership level and add the FDC for an additional $40.

Already a Member? To add the FDC enhancement, call the Membership Office at (212) 485-9279.

Abolitionist and American icon Frederick Douglass was born enslaved in 1818 in Maryland and reached freedom in New York in 1838. He was a speaker, newspaper publisher, author, and political activist who advocated for abolition and women’s rights, made speeches across America and abroad, and helped hundreds of enslaved people reach freedom. Statues of both Douglass and Abraham Lincoln grace the entrances of New-York Historical, and as our President and CEO, Dr. Louise Mirrer, explains: “Lincoln and Douglass quintessentially point to the story we tell through our exhibitions, programs, and extraordinary collections about the open-ended history of American freedom, and our nation and city’s accomplishments, as well as failures to make good on the promise of liberty and equality for all.”

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