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Douglass Day 2024

Join us for Douglass Day 2024!

Every Valentine’s Day, we invite you to a birthday party for Frederick Douglass. Although Douglass never knew his birthdate, he chose to celebrate every year on February 14th. We celebrate this date as a moment for creating Black history together.

Douglass Day 2024 will feature the general correspondence of Frederick Douglass from the Library of Congress. We will attempt to transcribe all 8,731 pages in one day! 

This event for the Penn community is connected to the international Douglass Day celebration organized annually by the Center for Black Digital Research at Penn State and the Colored Conventions Project. Learn more at

This is a walk-in event; no registration required. 

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February 14, 2024, 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Research Data and Digital Scholarship Exchange, First Floor, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
Open to Penn Students, Faculty, and Staff