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Douglass Day 2020

The Center for Writing’s Student Writing Support program is participating in Douglass Day, a national event commemorating social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman Frederick Douglass (1818–1895). Why February 14? The Smithsonian Transcription Center explains, “[b]orn to an enslaved family in 1818, Frederick Douglass never knew his actual birthday, a fact not uncommon for those enslaved. So, after escaping slavery in 1838, he chose his own date: February 14.” 

On Friday, Feb. 14, come to 15 Nicholson Hall anytime between 11am – 2pm and join us in a nationwide Douglass Day Transcribe-a-thon. This year, the event will involve an effort to transcribe documents from the papers of Anna Julia Cooper (1858–1964), author of A Voice from the South by a Black Woman of the South. (Learn more about Cooper.) Training in transcription will be available.



Come in anytime between 11am – 2pm on Friday, February 14!

Location: Center for Writing’s Student Writing Support (15 Nicholson Hall)

Four iMacs will be available; we also welcome you to bring your own laptop.

Accessible entrances are on the south (Northrop Auditorium) and west (Pleasant Street) sides of the building.

The closest all-gender bathrooms are on the ground floor of Northrop and the basement of Scott Hall.

Download our flyer!

Questions? Contact Katie Levin or Jasmine Kar Tang.

This Douglass Day Transcribe-a-thon is presented by the Colored Conventions Project, the Anna Julia Cooper Digital Project, the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center at Howard University, the Princeton University Center for Digital Humanities, the PSU Libraries, the PSU Center for Humanities and Information, and the PSU College of Liberal Arts.