A Historic Delegation

On February 7, 1866 Frederick Douglass and 10 other men met with President Andrew Johnson to persuade Congress to give black men the vote. This delegation was made up of African American leaders including Frederick Douglass and his son Lewis, elected official and wealthy leader of D.C.’s black community John F. Cook, wealthy businessman and abolitionist William Whipper, and bishop of the A.M.E. church John M. Brown who was also instrumental in helping to establish numerous schools and churches.