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Anti-slavery crusader's portrait now in Belfast City Hall

Lord Mayor John Finucane admires the portrait of Frederick Douglas
Lord Mayor John Finucane admires the portrait of Frederick Douglas

By Tom Eden

A portrait of prominent US abolitionist Frederick Douglas has been installed at Belfast City Hall.

The specially-commissioned work by artist Aaron Hughes now hangs on the walls of the Lord Mayor's Parlour after it was unveiled by Lord Mayor of Belfast John Finucane. Frederick Douglas was born into slavery in 1818 in Maryland.

He escaped in 1838 and went on to become one of the most influential world-renowned anti-slavery campaigners. He visited Belfast in 1845 as part of his lecturing tour of Ireland and was amazed at the warm welcome he received.

Mr Finucane added: "We now live in a diverse, multi-ethnic, multi-cultural city and I believe Belfast City Hall needs to reflect and celebrate that diversity.

"The amazing artwork that Aaron has created is a fantastic addition to the parlour and is a wonderful tribute to the amazing life and work of Frederick Douglas."

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