Our inspirational mug is imprinted with words of wisdom by Frederick Douglass.
"If there is no struggle, there is no progress" --Frederick Douglass. His words are proving true to this present time.
Frederick Douglass's life spanned generations of the American journey, from the shackles of slavery through the promise of better days in the Reconstruction to the long legacy of Jim Crow. As a civil rights pioneer, Douglass dedicated his life for equality in the United States and the abolition of slavery.
From February 11, 2022, Our Composite Nation: Frederick Douglass' America shines a light on the late 1860s—at a moment of great hope for the promise of equality under the law. The famed orator and once-enslaved abolitionist Frederick Douglass took his “Our Composite Nation” speech on the road to argue for a plural American democracy. The mission of this new nation, he declared, was to provide the world “a composite, perfect illustration of the unity of the human family.” For what was the U.S., he said, but “the most conspicuous example of composite nationality in the world?” This special installation features artifacts, images, and a theatrical design that bring Douglass’ compelling speech to life and explores his vision of freedom, citizenship, and equal rights that remains urgently relevant today, as a hopeful plea for America to live up to its founding ideals.