HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut institute dedicated to Irish history is launching an exhibition focusing on the time Frederick Douglass spent in the country in the 1840s.

The exhibit put on by at Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University explores the impact that the poverty-ridden country had on the development of the anti-slavery campaigner.

Douglass was in his 20s when he visited Ireland on a lecture tour and met one of his heroes, the Irish abolitionist Daniel O’Connell. Throughout his life, Douglass playfully referred to himself as a “black O’Connell.”

The exhibition is part of a series of events celebrating the 200th anniversary of Douglass’ birth. It opens Feb. 2.

A 9-feet-by-9 feet statue of Douglass on loan from sculptor Andrew Edwards also will be displayed in the law school’s lobby.

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