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date: 30 March 2020

Sears, Amanda Auld locked

(b. 1826; d. 19 June 1878), a friend of Frederick Douglass's and the daughter of former owners.
  • Denise R. Shaw


Arianna Auld, whom Frederick Douglass always referred to as Amanda, was born in 1826 in Hillsborough, Maryland. She was the only child of Thomas Auld and Lucretia Anthony Auld. Lucretia Auld died within a few months of Amanda's birth. On 21 May 1829 Thomas Auld married Rowena Hambleton Auld (1812–1842), who then assumed care of Amanda. Amanda was a childhood acquaintance of Douglass's while he was a slave at her father's home on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Later she became an opponent of slavery and, after an 1857 reunion with Douglass, remained his friend until her death in 1878. Amanda Auld married a coal merchant named John L. Sears in 1843. Together they had four children. The Sears family initially lived in Philadelphia and then moved to Baltimore in the 1860s, where they remained for the remainder of Amanda's life.

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A version of this article originally appeared in The Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619–1895.

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