Archive for April 11th, 2019

Thank you Frostburg State University for uplifting & upholding “Lost History of Frederick Douglass in Western Maryland”

Image may contain: 1 personEarlier this week, a couple miles up the old National Road from the Queen City I had opportunity to present on the Lost History of Frederick Douglass in Western Maryland at Frostburg State University.

With promotional support of several local institutions, local media outlets, community historians and students and faculty from Allegany College of Maryland and Frostburg State University a hundred or so folks rallied up.

With thoughtful questions from both students and members of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Cumberland a wonderful evening of history unfolded.

A special thanks to:

Elizabeth Howe and John Clinton Frye of the Western Maryland Room; Washington County Free Library
Frostburg State University Professors; Kara Thomas and Amy Branam
Professor Brian Gilmore, thrown seat poet, 7th Street historian, universal Douglassonian
Maryland Commission on African American History & Culture; Chairman Professor Dale Green; Commissioner Reggie Turner – Washington County and Commissioner Prof. Lynn Bowman – Allegany County
WDVM – Hagerstown
Frostburg First, Maryland Main Street Community
Main Street Books
Metropolitan AME Church – Cumberland
Al Feldstein, “History Alf,” legendary Western Maryland historian
Cherie “Sojourner Truth” Snyder
Dan Spedden & Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau
Ron Lytle, African American Historical Association of Western Maryland
Growing up in Western Maryland (Facebook group)
Dr. Ed Papenfuse, Maryland State Archivist (retired)
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
Members of the Douglass Family and Bailey Tribe
16th & W Street Douglassonians


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Commissioner Lynn Bowman providing a walking tour of the former Brownsville community, today the heart of the campus of Frostburg State University.

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Photos taken during Q&A after departure of a dozen or more student to other demands on their time.

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April & May “Frederick Douglass in Old Anacostia Walking Tour” dates (April 13, 20, 28 and May 11 & 26)

John Muller _ walking tour (3)Join local reporter and historian John Muller on a walk through Old Anacostia, examining the neighborhood through the eyes of residents past and present.

Blending historic research and contemporary Ward 8 politics, our guide will lead the group on a walk through time, exploring our city’s most historic Historic District. Stories of presidents, famed one-time resident Frederick Douglass, 19th-century architecture and neighborhood folklore will be woven throughout.

Walking tours have been conducted with and in close counsel and collaboration of Old Anacostia Douglassonians of all walks of life who for generations have guarded, upheld and uplifted the history of neighborhood activist Dr. Frederick Douglass.

An anonymous local philanthropist has offered to cover costs of complimentary tickets* to all seniors, veterans and students from indigenous Douglassonian communities from the corner to the world whether 16th & W in Old Anacostia or young scholars from Al-Azhar University in Old Islamic Cairo, where Douglass visited in February 1887.

*Call or text 202.236.3413 for more info on complimentary tickets, which due to popularity of the tour must be arranged in advance.*


-* Saturday, April 13, 2019 – 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM *-

-* Saturday, April 20, 2019 – 9:15 AM – 11:00 AM *-

-* Sunday, April 28, 2019 – 11:45 AM – 1:30 PM *-

-* Saturday, May 11, 2019 – 9:15 AM – 11:00 AM  *-

-* Saturday, May 11, 2019 – 11:00 AM – 12:45  PM *-

-* Sunday, May 26, 2019 – 9:15 AM – 11:00 AM *-

-* Sunday, May 26, 2019 – 11:00 AM – 12:45  PM *-

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