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Frederick Douglass

The Frederick Douglass Video Essay Contest


May 3, 2024. Pomfret, CT:


Today, at the Pomfret Community School, in Pomfret Connecticut, the Pomfret Republican Town Committee (PRTC) presented awards to the winners of the 1st Annual Fredrick Douglass video-essay contest.

The Frederick Douglass video-essay contest for local school students was part of the PRTC’s recognition of the life and deeds of this American hero. Students individually or in teams were invited to produce a 3 to 5-minute video about what Frederick Douglass’s life and deeds meant to our country.

The students receiving awards today include;

  • 1st Place - Sophia Gosselin & Adelaide Beams

  • 2nd Place: Keri Nieminen

  • 3rd Place: Bishop Arnold

“Our video-essay contest reminded students and our community of the importance of our history and in the case of Frederick Douglass, the fundamental importance of our founding values that he fought so hard for, said Martha Emillio, Chair of the PRTC Events Committee. The energy and creativity of the winners is really fun to watch. The students are already excited about next year’s contest.”

The PRTC also thanks PCS, the winning students’ parents and the Pomfret Times for their encouragement and support.

“In these turbulent times, sponsoring this contest based on a figure with such an unassailable historical record of helping unite our country is a positive step forward, said Chris Coyle, Chairman of PRTC. Values unite us all and the students video essays remind us of the importance of history’s lessons.”

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1st Place Sophia Gosselin & Adelaide Beams

Please click on any of the videos below to watch these talented students and see their entries. We hope you enjoy watching them as much as we did.

The Frederick Douglass Videos Available Now!

The celebration of Frederick Douglass’s leadership continues with the announcement of video essays by several leaders whose lives and deeds honor this hero.



Beloved Carter is a resident of New London, CT where she has been actively involved in her church and supporting her local community. Last year, in part because of the inspiration she found in Frederick Douglass, Beloved entered the political process for the first time and earned her local representative town committee’s endorsement to run for Mayor of the City of New London. While not successful, Beloved’s thoughtful approach and her spiritual strength touched many people and set an example for others about promoting our founding values and constitutional principles. Currently, Beloved is very active in helping her church, Engaging Heaven Church recover from the dramatic collapse that occurred last fall. To support the rebuilding of this historic New London church, donations can be sent to




KCarl Smith is a retired Army officer and nationally know author and speaker on the power of Frederick Douglass as a role model for today’s society to admire and follow. KCarl is regularly interviewed on regional and national podcasts, TV and radio shows and is currently promoting his latest book “Telling Conservatives the Truth”. For more information on KCarl, check out

2nd Place Keri Nieminen

3rd Place Bishop Arnold

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