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Unfortunately, his recordings with the Victor Talking Machine Company were never released.

Aside from his work in music, Douglass was a conductor at Howard University. He often played slave spirituals that he learned as a child for family members.

Douglass’ widow, Fannie Douglass, donated his violin (which was a copy of the German Stradivarius) to the U.S. Dept of Interior after his death in 1935.

Little Known Black History Fact: Joseph Douglass was originally published on blackamericaweb.com

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