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Photo of the Day ~ People Category ~ February 23, 2008

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Frederick Douglass
by Sharon Isern (Sjoquist) 
Nikon D-200
Olustee, Florida
United States of America

Photographer Notes:
Among those calling for the authorization of black soldiers in the Civil War was Frederick Douglass, who felt that military service would signal freedom for blacks from slavery and citizenship status. Douglass said, "Let the slaves and free colored people be called into service, and formed into a liberating army, to march into the South and raise the banner of emancipation among the slaves... Men of Color, To Arms!" The famous all-black Massachusetts 54th regiment took part in the Battle of Olustee. Douglass' two sons were members of the regiment. Taken at Battle of Olustee Reenactment.

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Diane Blackford commented on February 23, 2008 07:21:
You did an outstanding job on this Sis. I think it is one of your best. Congratulations on a well deserved POTD.
Patrice Cigallio Wesa commented on February 23, 2008 18:59:
I agree with Diane, Sharon, this is an outstanding portrait revealing depth of character. I really enjoyed the educational narrative too. Thanks and congratulations!

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