Boris Johnson presents Joe Biden at G7 summit in Cornwall

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Boris Johnson hands Joe Biden a framed photograph of a mural by American anti-slavery activist Frederick Douglass, while his wife Jill receives a first edition of famed Cornwall author Daphne du Maurier’s The Apple Tree

  • Boris Johnson gave gifts to Joe Biden when the couple met at the G7 summit in Cornwall
  • Prime Minister gave US president a photo of a mural of an American anti-slavery activist
  • He also gave Jill Biden a first edition of Daphne du Maurier’s The Apple Tree

Boris Johnson presented Joe Biden with a photo of a US anti-slavery campaigner on the occasion of the couple’s first meeting today ahead of the G7 summit in Cornwall.

American and British leaders traditionally exchange gifts when they meet in person, and Mr. Johnson gave Mr. Biden a framed photograph of a mural by Frederick Douglass.

Biden gave Johnson a new US-made bike and helmet to mark their first meeting. The Bidens gave Carrie Johnson a leather tote bag made by the wives of US troops, as well as a presidential silk scarf.

Douglass was a former slave who became a leading figure in the 19th-century abolitionist movement in the United States.

Douglass traveled to Ireland and Britain in the 1840s on a speaking tour.

The image, painted by Ross Blair, is part of a mural around Edinburgh and the photo was taken by Melissa Highton, a British-American dual citizen.

Boris Johnson presented Joe Biden with a photo of a US anti-slavery campaigner on the occasion of the couple’s first meeting at the G7 summit in Cornwall today

Frederick Douglass (pictured) was a former slave who became a leading figure in the 19th-century abolitionist movement in the United States

Frederick Douglass (pictured) was a former slave who became a leading figure in the 19th-century abolitionist movement in the United States

The image, painted by Ross Blair, is part of a mural around Edinburgh and the photo was taken by Melissa Highton, a British-American dual citizen.

The image, painted by Ross Blair, is part of a mural around Edinburgh and the photo was taken by Melissa Highton, a British-American dual citizen.

Meanwhile, Johnson gave Jill Biden, the First Lady, a first edition of Daphne du Maurier’s The Apple Tree.

Downing Street said the choice was to portray Du Maurier’s Cornish links – the author lived in the county and drew inspiration for many of her works from the surrounding area.

The exchange of gifts usually takes place at the beginning of formal visits between American and British leaders.

The previous gift giving ceremony took place in June 2019 when Theresa May gave Donald Trump a framed typewritten copy of a 1941 draft of the ‘Atlantic Charter’ during his visit to the UK.

The charter was endorsed by US President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill and it set forth their shared vision of the post-war world.

The copy was Churchill’s personal version of the statement, with its red pencil changes.

First Lady Melania Trump received a custom-made tea set from designer Emma Bridgewater.

When Theresa May visited Washington in January 2017, she gave Mr Trump a quaich - a traditional Scottish cup of friendship

When Theresa May visited Washington in January 2017, she gave Mr Trump a quaich – a traditional Scottish cup of friendship

When Ms. May visited Washington in January 2017, she gave Mr Trump a quaich — a traditional Scottish friendship cup — and Ms. Trump was presented with a basket of produce from the Prime Minister’s mansion in Checkers.

Mrs. May received a framed photo of Abraham Lincoln while her husband, Philip, was given a pair of silver cufflinks from New York designer David Yurman.

David Cameron gave Barack Obama a painting by graffiti artist Ben Eine in 2010 during his first trip to Washington as prime minister.

Obama gave his counterpart a signed lithograph of the pop artist Ed Ruscha.

Frederick Douglass: Leader in the Abolitionist Movement

Frederick Douglass was a prominent activist, author, and public speaker who became a leader in the abolitionist movement after escaping slavery.

Douglass was born into slavery in Talbot County, Maryland, in 1818, although he was never certain of his date and month of birth. His mother was of Native American descent while his father was of African and European descent.

He was separated from his mother as a baby and lived with his maternal grandmother before being moved to live and work on the Wye House plantation in Talbot County and then to Baltimore.

There he was a house servant with Hugh Auld’s family. Auld’s wife defied state law to teach Douglass to read, and as he grew up, he taught other slaves using the Bible.

In 1838, after several failed attempts at freedom, he escaped and went to a hiding place in New York, founded by the abolitionist David Ruggles.

That year he married Anna Murray, a free black woman he had met as a slave, and they settled in Massachusetts. He then devoted his life to the abolition of slavery and his five children.

In addition to campaigning for abolition, he fought for women’s rights – especially their right to vote – until his death.

Douglass delivered his speech – What to the Slave is the Fourth of July – at an Independence Day celebration on July 5, 1852 in Rochester, New York.

The address challenged the Founding Fathers and the hypocrisy of their ideals with the existence of slavery on American soil.

He had been asked to speak on July 4, but chose to speak the next day, as he could not celebrate freely that so many Americans were still enslaved.

During the Civil War, he was an adviser to President Abraham Lincoln and through Reconstruction, he fought for full civil rights for freedmen.

He died on February 20, 1895 in Washington, DC. He was the United States Secretary and Consul General in Haiti from 1889 to 1891.

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