Call for 2021 Frederick Douglass Oratorical Contest announced _ flyer, details & video of past participant


Annually, the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site hosts a live oratorical contest at the site where students perform a part of a Frederick Douglass speech that they learn from memory from the stage in the park’s auditorium. This year since younger students have not been able to be vaccinated, we will host the contest online over a format such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams.

The contest will be held January 11-14, 2022 and there will be morning and afternoon sessions.

The Frederick Douglass Memorial and Historical Association and the Frederick Douglass Housing Corporation generously donate contest prizes each year (prizes TBD). Winners also receive plaques and will have the opportunity to perform at the Douglass Birthday Celebration on February 12, and/or to have their performance recorded so the video can be part of programs the park is offering for Women’s History Month, Decoration Day (now Memorial Day), and Black History Month in Ireland (October).

Click here to view guidelines for the 2021 Oratorical Contest


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