WARREN - Michael Crutcher will portray Civil War-era African-American statesman and social reformer Frederick Douglass on Saturday in Warren as part of the Civil War 150 committee's series of programs celebrating the 150th anniversary of the war.
Douglass will be the topic of the first of this year's Civil War remembrance events planned by the committee.
From 10 a.m. to noon, Crutcher will be available for a meet-and-greet in the Thomas Meeting Room, second floor of the Warren Trumbull County Library. The event will also include other re-enactors portraying Civil War soldiers. Refreshments will be served.
At 2 p.m., Crutcher will portray Douglass at the Trumbull County Courthouse in Common Pleads Judge Andrew Logan's courtroom No. 1, which is the largest courtroom in Ohio. At the end of his portrayal, Crutcher will be available to answer questions.
Both presentations are free.
"The Spirit of Frederick Douglass 1818-1895" is a first-person portrayal of the great African-American leader of the Abolition Movement in mid-1800s America.
A former slave, Douglass became a writer, reformer, statesman and powerful orator.
Douglass spoke in Warren in 1847 and again at the Warren City Building on March 1, 1876.
Douglass risked his own freedom by becoming an outspoken anti-slavery lecturer, writer and publisher. He was recognized as one of America's first great black speakers. Douglass became one of the foremost leaders of the abolitionist movement, which fought to end slavery in the United States.
Douglass served as an adviser to President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War and fought for the adoption of constitutional amendments that guaranteed voting rights and other civil liberties for blacks.
Local historians have said Douglass visited the Warren area, which during the Civil War was anti-slavery and part of the Underground Railroad that aided fugitive slaves in their escape to freedom.
The event is sponsored by the CW 150 Committee of the Sutliff Museum, Trumbull County, which has held events running from 2011 through 2015 to mark the 150 years since the U.S. Civil War was fought from 1861 to 1865.
The CW150 has held events in Warren and Niles focusing on different people, battles and events during that specific year 150 years ago, including the Battle of Shiloh and Battle of Gettysburg and the Emancipation Proclamation.
For further information, email info@sutliffmuseum. org or phone 330-395-6575.