Archive for September, 2018
HBCU Seniors: The Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Scholarship Program is Open [Deadline – November 16, 2018]
This new scholarship honors and commemorates the works and influence of Frederick Douglass, offering awards to college seniors attending HBCUs.
On the occasion of the bicentennial year (2018) of the birth of Frederick Douglass, Tony Signore has partnered with UNCF to establish the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Scholarship Program in honor of the great writer, orator, social reformer and abolitionist, and in recognition of exceptional accomplishments by students at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
The Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Scholarship Program pays tribute to one of the most important African American figures in our country’s history. Based on Signore’s deep respect and admiration for Douglass, which was instilled in him more than 35 years ago by the Jesuits at Fordham University, he has collaborated with UNCF to create a scholarship program to recognize and honor the transformative and historic leader by providing support to outstanding young women and men attending HBCUs.
The program, designed and funded by the Signore Family, is available via UNCF for a period of 20 years.
The program will award one $10,000 scholarship each year through academic year 2038-39 to an exceptional HBCU senior with unmet financial need, who demonstrates high academic achievement, strong leadership and community service during their freshman, sophomore and junior years of college.
To learn more about the program and to apply, visit
Applications must be received by November 16.
Douglass visited Cambridge, researchers say
Story by: Jack Rodgers
CAMBRIDGE — The Harriet Tubman Museum hosted two speakers Sept. 21, who spoke about newly found evidence that Frederick Douglass visited Cambridge in 1877.
Linda Duyer, a local Eastern Shore historian and John Muller, author of Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C: The Lion of Anacostia, both talked about their findings Friday, which point to a Douglass visit.
“We found it to be an extraordinary visit in a number of ways,” Duyer said. “This was a much more exciting visit.”
Duyer said Douglass came to Cambridge by steamboat overnight on Sept. 22, 1877, arriving in the early morning. Douglass was accompanied by John Mercer Langston, abolitionist and U.S. ambassador to Haiti.
The pair left from Long Wharf traveling up High Street, making arrangements to stay at the Cambridge Hotel. At that time, the hotel was on the northwest side of High Street, and was eventually moved to the other side, Duyer said.
Douglass and Langston then traveled to Bethel Church, where they were met by 400 to 500 people, Duyer said. Throughout their visit, Douglass and Langston were followed by bands as they walked through the area, she said.
Duyer said Douglass was not originally set to speak to the crowd, however, he ended up speaking for two hours. Douglass did not use a prepared speech, but spoke directly to both black and white audience members separately, she said.
“At one point he said, ‘Do a man a kindness and you will like him, do him an injury and you will hate him,’ which I thought was interesting,” Duyer said.
Duyer said the town commissioners also had invited Douglass to Cambridge in a proclamation, posted in a local publication. Douglass’ visit to Cambridge also came two months after his visit with his former slavemaster in the county.
Muller said Langston and Douglass had a complicated relationship, which at times may have been adversarial. This made their joint visit more unique, he said.
Muller said Douglass’ visit to Cambridge is groundbreaking and in some way changed his history.
“Frederick Douglass was an outlaw for justice and righteousness,” Muller said. “He was a very sought-after orator, writer and lecturer.”
I will be presenting at the Union United Methodist Church on Saturday, October 20 at the invitation of the St. Michael’s Museum and at the Easton Branch of the Talbot County Free Library on Thursday, November 1.
See you soon.
Thank you to Linda Duyer, Mr. Pinder, Mr. Jarmon, Mr. and Mrs. Green of Tubman Tours, the Harriet Tubman Organization, WHCP, Star Democrat and all who attended the presentation on Frederick Douglass in Cambridge, Maryland this past Friday evening.
Hope to see you soon!
George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum presents talk with two Douglass authors & graduates [Monday, October 1 @ 12 Noon]
With nationwide recognition of the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial occurring across the country and around the globe, join GW graduates and authors Paul Kendrick and John Muller as they discuss their respective books covering the relationship between Frederick Douglass and President Lincoln, and the life and times of Douglass in “Washington City.”
Their discussion will be moderated by GW Professor Randi Kristensen.
Monday, October 1, 2018
The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum
701 21st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052
Lecture of United States Marshal Frederick Douglass announced in daily Hagerstown newspaper [April 1879]
Microfilm holdings; Washington County Library, Hagerstown Branch