Frederick Douglass Circle Dedication

Wednesday, September 20, 1950

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Speeches by politicians during a dedication service for Frederick Douglass Circle.

Glester Hines, chairman of the Peoples Civic and Welfare Association, makes opening remarks and introduces Bishop R.C. Lawson, who speaks briefly of the heroism of Frederick Douglass.

Hines then introduces a Deputy Commissioner to speak on behalf of Governor Dewey, who was unable to attend.

Councilman Earl Brown, who introduced the bill to change the circle Frederick Douglass Circle speaks.

Robert F. Wagner speaks on the virtues of Democracy and the threats of prejudice and discrimination. Also speaks about need for expanding the economy in order to ensure people's abilities to meet their needs.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 69922
Municipal archives id: LT841


Earl Brown, Glester Hinds, Robert C. Lawson and Robert F. Wagner


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