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The Unknown "Lincoln-Douglass" Debate

Abraham Lincoln & Frederick Douglass

Please note: Due to weather conditions this performance has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 18 at 6:00 pm. If you have any questions, please email meteventtix@metmuseum.org or call 212-570-3949, from 9:30am tp 5:30pm. Tickets are available for purchase.

Harold Holzer, historian
Norm Lewis, Tony-Award nominated actor and singer (Porgy & Bess, ABC's Scandal)
Stephen Lang, Tony-Award nominated actor (The Speed of Darkness, Avatar)

Though they met at the White House several times and regularly exchanged views, Lincoln and Douglass never publicly argued. This is the Lincoln-Douglass debate that never happened: using the words from their correspondence and commentary, illustrated by period paintings, photographs, and sculptures, historian Harold Holzer brings Lincoln and Douglass face-to-face.

Above: Alexander Gardner (American, 1821–1882). Abraham Lincoln (detail), 1863, printed 1901. Gelatin silver print; 45.7 x 38.1 cm (18 x 15 in.). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Warner Communications Inc. Purchase Fund, 1976 (1976.627.1); Unknown, (American). Frederick Douglass (detail), ca. 1855. Daguerreotype; 8.3 × 7 cm (31⁄4 × 23⁄4 in.). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Rubel Collection, Gift of William Rubel, 2001 (2001.756)

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