Frederick Douglass

Douglass Day 2021 Celebration

Celebrate Douglass Day virtually with Gilcrease Museum and the Helmerich Center for American Research Friday, Feb. 12, 2021. In honor of abolitionist and orator Frederick Douglass, Gilcrease Museum and the Helmerich Center are hosting a transcribe-a-thon and Works-in-Progress seminar in partnership with Tri City Collective, the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program and Little Blue House.

Transcribe-a-thon | Friday, Feb. 12 at 11 a.m. CST

A transcribe-a-thon is an event where participants gather to transcribe archival documents. Douglass Day transcribe-a-thons aim to create communal spaces for remembering and preserving Black history together. Participants will honor the founder of Douglass Day, educator, activist for Black life, and organizer Mary Church Terrell by transcribing her miscellanea on the Library of Congress’s By the People Transcription platform.


For group registration, please contact Dr. Jenny Forsythe at

Works-in-Progress Seminar | Friday, Feb. 12 at 2:30 p.m. CST

This seminar will feature Quraysh Ali Lansana, Tulsa Artist Fellow, and his research on A.J. Smitherman. These seminars nurture a community of local and regional scholars by providing opportunities to share creative activity in an academically constructive environment. Each seminar will focus on pre-circulated drafts, followed by a roundtable conversation among participants.


About Douglass Day

The Colored Conventions Project (CCP) is working to revive the tradition of celebrating abolitionist and orator Frederick Douglass on his chosen birthday, Feb. 14, by hosting Douglass Day transcribe-a-thons. The CCP is an interdisciplinary research hub that uses digital tools to bring histories of nineteenth-century Black organizing to life. Learn more about Douglass Day and the CCP at