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Freeport native has been performing as abolitionist Frederick Douglass for 20 years

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In honor of Black History Month, a former Freeport actor is playing abolitionist Frederick Douglass on stage, as he has done for the past 20 years.

Steven Cole is providing residents a glimpse into America’s past by taking on the role of Frederick Douglass, who was an abolitionist before the Civil War and was known for his oratory skills and writings.

Cole hopes to share the importance of African-American history, not only during Black History Month, but throughout the year.

“We should celebrate all Americans, all year long,” Cole said. “Frederick Douglass was a great women’s rights man. He associated, early on, the rights of all citizens, including women, with the abolition of slavery.”

Cole is originally from Freeport but now lives in Michigan.

He travels around the country sharing Douglass’ historical impact with his show. He performed at Higland Communitiy College on February 19th.

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