Phillip W. Magness

U.S. Economic & Political History

If not Frederick Douglass, who was the first black visitor to the White House?

| August 11, 2013

This weekend marks the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s first meeting with Frederick Douglass, an encounter summarized here and detailed in multiple published accounts by Douglass himself. While Douglass was probably the most famous African American visitor to the Lincoln White House, he was not the first to be received in an official capacity despite […]