Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) was born a slave in Maryland and escaped to freedom in Massachusetts In 1847, Frederick Douglass founded the abolitionist newspaper entitled "The North Star" in Rochester, NY. In 1851, "The North Star" merged with The Liberty Paper Party in Syracuse, NY, and the newspaper's name changed to "Frederick Douglass' Paper. In addition to the newspaper's abolitionist message, it also urged for gender equality and the rights of other oppressed groups. The paper was in circulation until 1860 and is considered to be the most influential black abolitionist newspaper published during the antebellum period.
Frederick Douglass' Paper, 17 February 1854, Bentley Newspaper Collection, Kennesaw State University Department of Museums, Archives and Rare Books.