Archive for January 2nd, 2019

Walking Tour of Frederick Douglass in Hagerstown — February 12 & February 16, 2019 [Meet at Hagerstown Visitor Center]

FD Lecture _ Hagerstown _ Daily News _ April 27, 1879TICKETS HERE!

Frederick Douglass rose from the depths of slavery on Maryland’s Eastern Shore to travel three continents and counsel a half-dozen Presidents.

You may think you know his story but did you know Douglass visited Hagerstown?!

In 1879 Douglass took a train to “Hub City” where he delivered an address to benefit the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Future United States Congressman and United States Senator, Hagerstonian Louis E. McComas introduced Douglass before he spoke at the court house on Washington Street.

Hear historian and author John Muller share never before published details of Dr. Frederick Douglass’ visit to Hagerstown walking the community and lodging in the historic Washington House.



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Directory of Army Correspondents Memorial includes two friends of Dr. Frederick Douglass — Governor Lloyd Lowndes and George Alfred Townsend

GATHLAND _ War Correspondent's Memorial Arch - Lloyd Lowndes

Photo by William Alston-El

Editor’s Note:

Dr. Douglass knew both George Alfred Townsend and Governor Lloyd Lowndes for more than twenty years.

While editor of the New National Era in Washington City Douglass and Townsend traveled in the same circles, sharing space in the press galleries of the Congress and Senate in the early 1870s. GATH often wrote about Douglass for publication and corresponded privately.

I have yet to share information which further details the friendship between GATH and Douglass and I am withholding information which details the friendship between Douglass and Lloyd Lowndes for disclosure at upcoming presentations.

The War Correspondent’s Memorial was unveiled in September 1896, more than a year and half after the death of Frederick Douglass.

Dr. Douglass name is not included. Why?

Could it be that Douglass was a “War Editor”? Could it be that Douglass was technically more of a recruiter than an editor during the Civil War?

I pose these questions not as indictment on GATH but simply in the journalistic tradition of getting in folk business.

Additionally, Thomas Morris Chester, who dined at Cedar Hill and is credited as being the lone (or one of the very select few) African-American war correspondent to write for a major daily newspaper, is not included among the names of correspondents.

Our research team will look into this.

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