- Associated Press - Saturday, February 6, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A western New York college professor is giving a talk at an Albany museum on the trip the black abolitionist Frederick Douglass made to Ireland more than 170 years ago.

Douglass, an ex-slave who had moved to Rochester, traveled to Ireland in 1845 to give lectures on the struggle against slavery in the United States. During one stop he met Daniel O’Connell, a leader in Ireland’s Catholic emancipation movement and a fierce opponent of slavery.

Professor Tim Madigan, director of Irish Studies at St. John Fisher College outside Rochester, is giving a lecture at the Irish American Heritage Museum Saturday afternoon on the Douglass trip to Ireland and the lasting impact it had on him and on the Irish.

Madigan says Douglass remains a powerful figure for reconciliation in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

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