A TRIBUTE OF TWO RACES
White and Colored Attend the Funeral of Frederick Douglass.
The New York Times, Feb. 25, 1895
”Not since the unveiling of the Lincoln Emancipation Statue in 1878 has there been such a general gathering of colored people to pay tribute to a benefactor of their race as was witnessed to-day in and about Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, where the funeral of Frederick Douglass took place. The body was taken from Cedar Hill, near Anacostia, the home of the deceased, at 8:30 o’clock this morning, and reached the church about 9:30.
[…]Miss Susan B. Anthony then arose to read a letter from Mrs. Elizabeth Cady Stanton, highly eulogistic of the deceased. Mrs. Stanton, said Miss Anthony, was beloved by Frederick Douglass more than any other woman in the ranks of suffragists. On last Wednesday, as she sat with Frederick Douglass on the platform of the Woman’s Council, she had told him that he must be present at the home of Elizabeth Cady Stanton on Nov. 12 next, to congratulate her on having rounded out four score years. “I shall be there,” he said, “and I shall be ready with my words.” […]Mrs. May Wright Sewall spoke feelingly of Mr. Douglass, who, she said, had not only opened up the way to the emancipation of his own people, but to the emancipation of women.”