Douglass Day 2023, featuring the papers of Mary Ann Shadd Cary.

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Douglass Day is an annual program that marks the birth of Frederick Douglass. Each year, we gather thousands of people to help create new & freely available resources for learning about Black history. We frequently focus on important Black women’s archives, such as Anna Julia Cooper (2020) and Mary Church Terrell (2021). This year, Douglass Day features a transcribe-a-thon of the papers of Mary Ann Shadd Cary.

TLH is organizing three in-person meet-ups for students and faculty at Baruch College, City Tech, and Queens College. 

Note: You must have a campus ID to join the in-person meet-ups.

Baruch College (Online, 12:30-2 pm)
Organized by Shelly Eversley,

City Tech (Library Classroom 540, 12:30-2 pm)
Organized by Javiela Evangelista,

Queens College (Library Room 225, 12:30-2 pm)
Organized by Grace Handy,

RSVP here if you plan to in-person at Baruch College, City Tech, or Queens College.  

We also encourage anyone who is unable to attend in person to join when they are available during the live stream on YouTube, and contribute transcriptions for the project on February 14 from 12-3 pm ET. If you want to participate remotely or organize a meet-up, visit for more details.

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About Jessica Murray

Jessica Murray received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at The Graduate Center, CUNY in 2020. She is the Director of Digital Communications for Transformative Learning in the Humanities (TLH), a three-year initiative supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She is also working on a web project with teaching materials about civil rights struggles in New York City, including disability rights history. She advocates for improving public transit accessibility in New York City for people with disabilities and chairs the Advisory Committee for Transit Accessibility for New York City Transit.