The Frederick Douglass Council is an affinity and networking group that highlights the important role that African Americans have played in American and New York history. Our goal is to deepen discussion and engagement on a variety of topics through public programs, exhibition viewings, and exclusive events throughout the year.

Frederick Douglass Council Young Leaders will meet to discuss issues of importance to the African American community, with a focus on issues related to education, leadership, culture, history and professional achievement. For more information and to join as a member or a corporate sponsor:

Please contact the Membership Department at (212) 485-9279 or


Core Membership Benefits:

  • Free Museum Admission
  • Discount on two public and family program tickets, available before general public
  • Invitations to Members-only events, such as exhibition openings and special tours
  • Membership in the History Book Club
  • Discounted tickets for gallery and walking tours
  • Invitation to the Member Appreciation Breakfast
  • 10% off at the NYHistory Store, Parliament Espresso and Coffee Bar, and Storico restaurant
  • Empire State Museums Reciprocal Program
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