Frederick Douglass Painting

Frederick Douglass Painting

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Fredrick Douglass Painting

Frederick Douglas Painting

Acrylic Painting 5′ x 2 1/2′ on particle board

The Frederick Douglas painting is based on a photograph originally taken by George Kendall Warren around the year 1879. 

Frederick Douglass was an American abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman. Douglass’s journey is an example of transformative life change. Born into slavery around 1818, Douglas escaped slavery on his second attempt with the help of his soon-to-be wife, Anna Murray Douglass. He is well known for his autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American, Slave Written by Himself, and the revised completed version The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass. He provides insight into his experience with and escapes from slavery. In his autobiography, he so eloquently describes enslavement:

“Old notions about freedom would steam over me again. When kept in a world of perpetual excitement, I could only think about my life. And in thinking of my life, I almost forgot my liberty. I have observed this in my experience of slavery. That whenever my condition was improved, instead of it increasing my contentment, it only increased my desire to be free and sent me to thinking of plans to gain my freedom. I found that to make a contented slave, it is necessary to make a thoughtless one. It is necessary to darken his moral and mental vision and as far a possible to annihilate the power of reason. He must be able to detect no inconsistencies in slavery. He must be made to feel that slavery is right and he can be brought to that only when he ceases to be a man.”

Additional Quotes by Frederick Douglass:

“Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave.” ― Frederick Douglass

“I prayed for freedom for 20 years but received no answer until I prayed with my feet.”― Frederick Douglass

“I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.” ― Frederick Douglass

Recommended Reading:

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (Dover Thrift Editions: Black History)

The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass: Written by Himself (Audible Audiobook)



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George Washington Carver Painting

George Washington Carver Painting

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George Washington Carver Painting

George Washington Carver Painting

Acrylic Painting 5′ x 2 1/2′ on particle board

George Washington Carver was an agricultural scientist, horticulturist, inventor, and educator at the Tuskegee Institute. Carver developed a method to prevent soil depletion from cotton production.  He is also known for the various products he developed from the peanut. 

Below are a few notable quotes from the thought leader. 

“Where there is no vision, there is no hope.”

“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.”

“When you can do the common things of life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.”


As a professor, Carver was concerned about the character development of his students. He developed a list of ideal attributes of an individual.

Be clean both inside and out.
Who neither looks up to the rich nor down on the poor.
Who loses, if needs be, without squealing.
Who wins without bragging.
Who is always considerate of women, children and old people.
Who is too brave to lie.
Who is too generous to cheat.
Who take his share of the world and lets other people have theirs

 Carver also sought to encourage others and noted by his favorite poem Equipment by Edgar A. Guest.

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