Frederick Douglass: The Lynn Years (1841-1848)


June 26, 2018, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM


Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square W, Salem, MA, 01970

Essex Heritage is proud to present long-time Salem News and Lynn Item reporter, Tom Dalton, for a talk about his recent book on the Lynn years of Frederick Douglass on Tuesday, June 26 at 7 PM in the Essex Room of the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem.

The book, titled “Frederick Douglass: The Lynn Years (1841-1848),” is based largely on letters and newspaper articles from the 1840s. It follows Douglass from his arrival in Lynn as an unknown 23-year-old fugitive slave to his departure more than six years later as one of the best known abolitionists and orators in the country and abroad. Douglass was born into slavery in 1818 in Talbot County, Maryland and is generally regarded as the most prominent African-American of the 19th century. After escaping from slavery in Maryland he lived in New Bedford and Lynn, Massachusetts; Rochester, New Hampshire; and Washington, DC. He was a visitor to Salem on occasion, and in 1865 he famously lectured in the hall of the Salem Lyceum on the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. The book commemorates the 200th anniversary of Douglass’s birth.

The author, Tom Dalton, is no stranger to readers of the Lynn Item and the Salem News. He was a newspaper man for many years and is widely known in the community. His writing style and sense of humor made him a “must read” for subscribers. Tom has won or shared more than a dozen writing awards during his career. He has served as a board member of the Lynn Historical Society. He will be donating all proceeds from the book to the Lynn Douglass 200 Committee.

The book signing and talk is one of a series of events planned by the LynnDouglass200 committee. Other events include a July 3 reading of a famous speech by Frederick Douglass at High Rock Tower in Lynn, a gospel concert and a tour of abolitionist graves in Pine Grove Cemetery. For a full schedule of events, visit LynnDouglass200 on Facebook.

Admission to the lecture is free and a book signing will follow.