Photograph of Frederick Douglass' son and grandson, 1895
Updated: Sep 10, 2021
From the Walter O and Linda Evans Collection archive. Part of an exhibit University of Scotland
This photograph, taken at the time of Fredeick Douglass' funeral, in February 1895 depicts his sons Lewis Henry (right) and Charles Remond, (left) and Charles's son, Joseph Henry Douglass (centre).
The photograph was taken in the studio of Philip S Ryder, in Syracuse, who was a prominent American photographer of the time. Both Lewis Henry and Charles Remond are wearing Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) buttons in their coat lapels to demonstrate their service in the American Civil War. Joseph Henry Douglass, Charles's eldest son, was a world famous violinist. The names of all three men are written at the base of the photograph.