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 Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Frederick Douglass visit SRU 




March 2 2009

Contact: K.E. Schwab  



Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Frederick Douglass visit SRU


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Noted 19th-century advocates for abolition and women's rights - Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Frederick Douglass - will bring their "Equality Beyond Race and Gender" presentation to Slippery Rock University March 12.

            The portrayals will be offered by Sally Roesch Wagner, executive director to the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation in Fayetteville, N.Y., and Fred Morsell, a professional actor and Frederick Douglass scholar.

            The program is at 12:30 p.m. in the University Union.

            Stanton and Douglass became friends in 1842 and were united in their struggle for justice and equality for all people. They often debated the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which added black men, but not women, to the electorate following the Civil War. Despite their disagreements on the issue, both remained lifelong friends.

            Wagner has portrayed Stanton for nearly 20 years on the Humanities Chautauqua circuit, at the Smithsonian Institution and on numerous campuses. She is a recipient of one of the first doctorates in women's studies and founded the first women's studies program. She has written extensively on women's history.

            Morsell has performed the role of Frederick Douglass nationally since 1988 and has presented at more than 1,500 schools, college campus and community venues. He has also performed the role in Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C., at Harper's Ferry, Seneca Falls, Gettysburg, Chautauqua, the Smithsonian Institution and the U.S. Capitol Rotunda. He has portrayed Douglass on "Bill Moyers' Journal," and "The Charlie Rose Show."

            The SRU visit is made possible by a Social Equity Grant from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, the University's Women's Studies Program, the Office of Multicultural Programs, the history department and the Frederick Douglass Institute.


Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.





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