#Repost @nbcnews with @repostapp
Happy 199th Birthday, Frederick Douglass! While his exact birthdate is unknown, @frederickdouglassnps will celebrate the slave-turned-abolitionist on Friday.
#FrederickDouglass received some attention earlier this month when President Donald Trump praised him at a gathering to kick off Black History Month.
"Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who has done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I notice," he said. The president's comments drew immediate backlash from critics who perceived it as a reference to a still-living Douglass. Douglass, who died in 1895, was one of the country's most influential and celebrated African-Americans.
In honor of #BlackHistoryMonth, we are looking back at key moments in African-American history.
(🎞 @imstilljulie / for @NBCNews) #tbt