Monday, January 18, 2021

T for Tuesday

 T Stands For is hosted by Elizabeth and Bleubeard

Rochester New York

It was Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the States yesterday so I am featuring this striking sculpture, a tribute to the friendship between Frederick Douglass (1818 [chose to celebrate on 2/14] – Feb. 20, 1895) and Susan B. Anthony (Feb. 15, 1820- March 13, 1906).

 It is called “Let’s Have Tea,” and that’s just what they are doing: sitting together, with a table between them set with a teapot, two cups, and two books. “They’re not talking about any particular issue,” says the sculptor Pepsy Kettavong, “but they both are anxious to hear what each is thinking. You’re not quite sure who’s talking or who’s listening, so you have that balance.” 

They were unlikely friends, but the struggle for equality that Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass shared created a bond that lasted almost fifty years. These two momentous personalities in American history each had a fiery passion for human rights and equality. When they met, they had only known each other’s reputations, but they became fast friends. They decided to combine their efforts and work together to win equality for African Americans and for women.

Their friendship endured the harsh words and looks of their society. Their friendship lasted in the face of hostility and anger. Their friendship persisted even through their own disagreements—and they could fight like cats and dogs. But these two intellectual giants knew that fighting for what was right was the most important work they could do.


  1. We were in United States still have work to do on civil rights, President Trump in so many ways pull things backwards. Actual we had a female run for President before Hillary, although not on major ticket. Victoria Woodhull also ran for president and her vice president was Fredrick Douglas.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

  2. I'd like to join them and listen in on the conversation :) Happy T Tuesday!

  3. So interesting, the sculpture looks amazing and I enjoyed reading about the history of the two people too 😁. Take care and wishing you a very Happy T Day! Hugs, Jo x

  4. What an incredible find and a wonderful entry for this Tuesday, too. It's hard for us in the states right now, because we have a president who believes in slavery (and that black lives do NOT matter) and women are tools to be used, abused, and misused. Thank you beyond belief for this incredible sculpture you found for us for T this Tuesday, dear Jackie.

  5. Interesting history of these two- as individuals and as friends. the sculpture is amazing!! Thanks for sharing and happy T day!

  6. Good afternoon, I am so glad you shared this sculpture with us-if we could all just learn to sit, be quiet, and listen what the other has to say perhaps we could one day love one another again
    Happy T

  7. Wouldn't it be wonderful to sit and listen to them? Beautiful sculpture and so fitting for this week, not only for MLK Day, but the Biden Inauguration. Happy T Day.

  8. What an absolutely perfect T-Day scenario! How interesting to learn about these two people. The sculpture itself is beautiful and I loved reading about these two people.
    Happy T-Day,

  9. That is a fabulous statue with a nice story I would never have guessed. Hope it was a great T day.

  10. Ohhh this is magnificent! What a wonderful piece of art and the history. Have a nice evening.


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