The executive producer on the WGN America Underground Railroad series has been cast in Season 2 in the guest starring role of Frederick Douglass, the famous abolitionist, author and orator.
Born into slavery, the product of a slave owner brutally raping his slave, Douglass escaped bondage and settled in the North. He went on to become one of the most revolutionary leaders of the nineteenth century. A prominent writer, celebrated speaker and progressive political reformist, Douglass led the charge to wipe out slavery in America once and for all.
In fact, Abraham Lincoln commonly remarked that if Douglass had been born a white man, he’d become President. That was in 1864. Just imagine how many Republicans behaved 150 years later when Barack Obama became President. He was faced centuries later with the same racism by the “Muslim” and “Kenyan” comments than Douglass faced as a runaway slave. How America hasn’t changed very much at all.
Frederick Douglass is among a growing list of historical figures featured in the series. Aisha Hinds is stepping into a recurring guest star role as Harriet Tubman. Season 2 will also include renowned African American abolitionist William Still (Chris Chalk) and notorious slave trader Patty Cannon (Sadie Stratton).