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American Writers' Museum


Chicago, IL

Exhibit Design: Amaze Design, Inc.
Exhibit Graphics: Proun Design, LLC
Fabrication: Chicago Scenic Studios, Inc.
Size: 225sf
Budget: $100k
Opened: 2018

Frederick Douglass escaped slavery and became one of the most influential orators and abolitionist of
his time. He was an advisor to Abraham Lincoln and fierce proponent of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments and suffragette movement. He also meticulously cultivated his image through photography, becoming the most photographed American of the 19th century.

This exhibit at the American Writers Museum chronicles the last 30 years of his life, focusing on his oratory prowess and writing techniques. The intro wall is a 5’ x 10’ mosaic made up of 1” photos of himself. An antique 4 x 5 camera on a tripod in front of an oversized portrait of Douglass invites visitors to take their own photograph. The exhibit culminates in a media element featuring students from a local performing arts high school reading excerpts from some of Douglass’s speeches.

Click the following link for a virtual tour:

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