February 7, 1818 (traditional date):
Abolitionist Frederick Douglass is born into slavery in Talbot County, Maryland. After escaping to freedom, he became the most prominent of the black abolitionists and eventually became the first black to hold high political office, as consul-general to the Republic of Haiti.

The exact date of his birthday is unknown but he celebrated his birthday on February 14, because his mom called him my “little Valentine”