Frederick Douglass Quote Mug

Celebrate the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum's special exhibition Big Plans: Picturing Social Reform (June 20--September 15, 2019) with this ceramic featuring an excerpt from a well-known essay by 19th century social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman, Frederick Douglass (c. February 1818–February 20, 1895). Sip in wonder with one of America's greatest social reformers!

The lecture, known to the public as "Pictures and Progress," was delivered on December 3, 1861 at Boston's Tremont Temple. He wrote:
Poets, prophets, and reformers are all picture-makers — and this ability is the secret of their power and of their achievements. They see what ought to be by the reflection of what is, and endeavor to remove the contradiction.
The Museum's exhibition examines the impact of images on social reform advocacy in the development of Boston, New York, and Chicago in the late 1800s and early 1900s. 

11 oz. ceramic mug
3.5 inches in height
Dishwasher and microwave safe



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