Have you heard stories of Frederick Douglass stepping through the country roads of Brinklow and Sandy Spring in Montgomery County, Maryland?
According to oral tradition Dr. Douglass, an internationally known abolitionist, statesman, orator and journalist, was known to visit multiple families in the Montgomery County area.
Emily Edmonson Johnson, born an enslaved person in Montgomery County and an escapee of the Pearl in 1848, was photographed with Frederick Douglass and other abolitionist at a convention in New York to protest the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law.
Following her education at Oberlin in Ohio and serving as a teacher at the Miner School in Washington, D.C., Edmonson married Larkin Johnson in the early 1860s and lived in the greater Sandy Spring community for nearly a decade.
She later moved to Hillsdale in Southeast Washington, D.C., adjacent to the Anacostia neighborhood, where her long-time friend Frederick Douglass lived. Today Cedar Hill is preserved as the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site at 1411 W Street SE.
Find out more about Frederick Douglass and his connections from Sharp Street Methodist Church in Sandy Spring to state politics in post-Civil War Maryland and unknown visits to communities from Cumberland to Cambridge.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park
16501 Norwood Road
Sandy Spring, Maryland 20860