“Frederick Douglass Snowden” headstone at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church cemetery in Brookeville, Maryland

Frederick Douglass Snowden headstone at Mt. Zion cemetery - Brookeville, MdA couple months back I connected with Rebecca Shier of WAMU 88.5’s Metro Connection to ride through the old country roads and kinship communities of northern Montgomery County, Maryland.

In the cemetery at the corner of Brookeville and Zion roads is a headstone for “Frederick Douglass Snowden,” born just two years and two days after his namesake died.

In the previous American generations, I’ve always wondered how many children were christened “Frederick Douglass ________”? One of the most well-known of these men was Frederick Douglass Patterson, born in 1901. Patterson founded the United Negro College Fund and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Reagan.

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