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(BPRW) Douglass Day 2024

8th Annual Transcribe-a-thon Honors Frederick Douglass on February 14, 2024

(Black PR Wire) State College, PA & worldwide — Douglass Day is proud to announce a transcribe-a-thon in honor of the birthday of Frederick Douglass (1818-1895).

The transcribe-a-thon will bring together thousands of participants at more than one hundred simultaneous events around the world. Students, teachers, and community members will help to transcribe an unprecedented collection of digitized papers left by Frederick Douglass. These papers have been digitized and made available through collaborations with the Library of Congress and the ByThePeople platform. 

The Douglass Day transcribe-a-thon will be held on February 14, 2024 from 12-3 PM (Eastern) and will be streamed live on YouTube. The transcribing will be done on, a citizen science platform led by the the Library of Congress. Douglass Day invites people from all backgrounds to join in this effort to make Douglass’s correspondence more widely accessible and searchable.


What is Douglass Day?

Douglass Day is an annual holiday celebrated on February 14th, the chosen birthday of Frederick Douglass. As Douglass never knew his actual birthdate, his family chose Valentine’s Day to commemorate his life. The holiday was established after Douglass’ passing in 1895, when influential activist Mary Church Terrell proposed a national holiday to honor his legacy. Douglass Day events were widespread in the early 20th century and served as inspiration for the creation of Black History Month. In 2017, a group at the University of Delaware revived the holiday as an annual event to preserve Black history through collective actions, such as creating new resources for teaching and learning about Black history. All are welcome to participate and learn more about the history of Douglass Day, both distant and recent, by visiting Between 2017-2023, Douglass Day has involved 24,450 people in 565 locations around the world.