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Descendants, advocates highlight Frederick Douglass' legacy ahead of bicentennial

Descendants, advocates highlight Frederick Douglass' legacy ahead of bicentennial

On the morning of the first day of February, Black History Month, President Donald Trump shed a 21st-century spotlight on a seminal 19th-century figure.

"Frederick Douglass is an example of someone who's done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I noticed," Trump said, in comments some interpreted as indicating he thought the revered Eastern Shore-born abolitionist was still alive.

On the West Coast, Kenneth B. Morris Jr., Douglass' great-great-great-grandson, awoke that day to text messages, phone calls and press inquiries. Social media erupted with criticisms of Trump, and at one point, Douglass was trending on Twitter above the announcement that...

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