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Upcoming presentations and talks on “Lost History of Frederick Douglass” (February – April 2019)


Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 1 pm
Central Library – Denton, Caroline County Public Library
100 Market Street
Denton, MD 21629

“Lost History of Frederick Douglass in Caroline County, Maryland”

Following the discovery and presentation of the “Lost History of Frederick Douglass in Cambridge, Maryland,” local historian John Muller will present on the unknown history of Frederick Douglass in Caroline County.

Monday, February 11, 2019 
Sheraton Hotel
Alexandria, Virginia
Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States

“Frederick Douglass and the Lincoln Family”

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 7 pm
Hagerstown Central Branch, Washington County Free Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

“Lost History of Frederick Douglass in Hagerstown, Maryland”

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 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.

Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 2 pm
Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church
26 Bethel Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

“Lost History of Frederick Douglass in Western Maryland”

Using newly discovered information found in public and private archives, Muller will share information that uplifts the history of consequential visits Douglass made to Frederick City, Hagerstown and Cumberland, as well as lifelong associations Douglass had with abolitionists, politicians, and faith and community leaders of the Cumberland Valley region.

Saturday, February 23, 2019
Delaplaine Visual Arts Center
40 South Carroll Street
Frederick, Maryland 21701
Frederick County Historic Sites Consortium Yearly Master Docent Series Workshop 2019

Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 6:30 pm
Enoch Pratt Central Library, African American Department 
400 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

John Muller, author of Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia and Mark Twain in Washington, D.C.: The Adventures of a Capital Correspondent, will present “The Lost History of Frederick (Bailey) Douglass in Baltimore” using newly discovered information found in the Baltimore City Archives, Maryland Historical Society, Enoch Pratt Free Library, and private archives. Muller has presented widely throughout the DC-Baltimore metropolitan area at venues including the Library of Congress, Newseum, Politics and Prose, American Library in Paris and local universities. He is currently working on a book about the lost history of Frederick Douglass on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

John Muller will be in conversation with Dr. Ida E. Jones, Morgan State University archivist.

Writers LIVE programs are supported in part by a bequest from The Miss Howard Hubbard Adult Programming Fund. 


Frostburg State University
Frostburg, Maryland
“Lost History of Frederick Douglass in Cumberland and Allegany County, Maryland”

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park
16501 Norwood Road
Sandy Spring, Maryland 20860

Image result for frederick douglass emily edmonsonHave you heard stories of Frederick Douglass stepping through the country roads of Brinklow and Sandy Spring?

According to oral tradition Dr. Douglass, an internationally known abolitionist, statesmen, orator and journalist, was known to visit multiple families in our 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 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 Sandy Spring community for nearly a decade. She later moved to Hillsdale in Washington, D.C., adjacent to Anacostia where her friend Frederick Douglass lived which is preserved as the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site.

Find out more about Frederick Douglass and his connections from Sharp Street Church to state politics in post-Civil War Maryland and unknown visits to communities from Cumberland to Cambridge.

Saturday, April 27, 2019
Porch Program at the Newcomer House
18422 Shepherdstown Pike
Keedysville, Maryland 21756

“Lost History of Frederick Douglass in Western Maryland”


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Headstone for Nathaniel Knight, radical bookseller, in Baltimore’s Loudon Park Cemetery

Headstone for Nathaniel Knight, radical bookseller, located in Baltimore’s Loudon Park Cemetery.

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Author Talk: If I Survive The Frederick Douglass Family’s Struggle for Liberty | Reginald F. Lewis Museum (Wed., September 5, 2018 @ 6:30 pm)

Author Talk: If I Survive The Frederick Douglass Family’s Struggle for Liberty

Wednesday, September 5, 6:30pm

While there have been many public Frederick Douglasses – the abolitionist, the statesman, the orator, the editor, the politician – it is now time to trace the many private lives of Douglass as a family man.

Sharing untold stories, this talk traces the activism, artistry and authorship of Frederick Douglass not in isolation but alongside the sufferings and struggles for survival of his daughters and sons.

Working with unpublished writings, letters and speeches and photographs, we learn that the fight for freedom was a family business to which all the Douglasses dedicated their lives.
A book signing will follow with the author.

Date and Time

Wednesday, September 5, 6:30 pm
For more information call 443-263-1800
Admission included with museum admission

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“The Maryland Justice: Containing Approved Forms for the Use of Justices of the Peace of the State of Maryland: With a Compilation of the Acts of the General Assembly Relating to their Office and Jurisdiction, and to the Office and Duties of Constable.” (1825)

On a recent visit to the Maryland Historical Society we were kindly assisted by legendary reference librarian Francis O’Neal and support staff in discovering documents which are meticulously allowing for the careful construction of who was the radical book seller and Justice of the Peace Nathaniel Knight.

All images are courtesy of the Maryland Historical Society.


MD Justice _ title page _ MDHS

MD Justice _ Acts of Assembly - Justice of the Peace

MD Justice _ page 118 _ Negroes & Slaves

MD Justice _ page 199_ Negroes & Slaves

MD Justice _ page 120 _ Negroes & Slaves

MD Justice _ page 121 _ Negroes & Slaves

MD Justice _ page 122 _ Negroes & Slaves

MD Justice _ page 123 _ Negroes & Slaves


Cummins, Ebenezer Harlow. The Maryland Justice: Containing Approved Forms for the Use of Justices of the Peace of the State of Maryland; With a Compilation of the Acts of the General Assembly Relating to their Office and Jurisdiction, and to the Office and Duties of Constable. Baltimore: Printed by Benjamin Edes, 1825.

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Electric box portraits of Frederick Douglass & Harriet Tubman in Baltimore, Maryland [300 block of North Howard Street]

Bawlmore and Bodymore is replete with powerful public art murals throughout the Southwest, Eastside and Westside.

Beyond the periphery of downtown, around the corner from the Maryland Historical Society, along a largely abondonded commercial strip of North Howard Street there is an electrix box with Dr. Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman on alternate sides.

We will include these images in our planned Douglass in Murals Exhibit.


FD Murals _ North Howard St_LightRail_FD on Electric Box

Photo William Alston-El

FD Murals_North Howard St_Baltimore_FD on Electric Box

Photo William Alston-El

FD Murals _ North Howard St_LightRail_HarrietTubman on Electric Box

Photo William Alston-El


Photo William Alston-El

315 North Howard Street _ June 2018 _ FD Murals

Photo William Alston-El

311 North Howard Street _ June 2018 _ FD Murals

Photo William Alston-El

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Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Banners in Fells Point; program Thursday, May 24 @ 1:00 pm at Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park and Museum (1417 Thames St, Baltimore, MD 21231)


Looking down Thames Street. Photo by Preservation Society of Federal Hill and Fell’s Point

On Thursday, May 24th an event organized by Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh’s office and the Preservation Society of Federal Hill and Fell’s Point will officially announce the installation of Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Banners throughout the Fells Point neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland.

Historic Fells Point is where a young Frederick Bailey ran with the “Point Boys,” purchased The Colombian Orator from radical bookseller Nathaniel Knight, worked the docks, attended church, possibly taught nigh school and fled from slavery.

The program begins at 1:00 pm at the

Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park and Museum.

1417 Thames St, Baltimore, MD 21231 / (410) 685-0295

Hope to see you there!

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General Samuel Smith, Mayor of Baltimore during Frederick Bailey’s flight to freedom, served as Vice President of founding of Maryland Colonization Society

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“General Samuel Smith,” oil on canvas, by the Rembrandt Peale. Maryland Historical Society.

Coming up running corners, alleys and the market square with the Point Boys, by the fall of 1838 the intellectually defiant, rebellious spirit of Frederick Bailey, known to leaders in both the white and free black community, got ghost.

On the 3rd of September 1838 General Samuel Smith, a veteran of the War of 1812, United States Congress and United States Senate, served as Mayor of Baltimore City.

In studying Douglass few biographers get into the specifics of his time in Fells Point. In recent years Dr. Ed Papenfuse and Prof. Lawrence Jackson have begun to uplift the scholarship.

Dickson Preston’s groundbreaking and influential Young Frederick Douglass is the only book which gives substantial attention to Fells Point. McFeely captures an especially interesting story from Fells Point folklore that survived nearly 150 years.

Has any Douglass scholar looked into the political climate of Baltimore City from 1820 until 1840?

I do not know but I can’t recall ever reading about the Mayor and City Council in existing Douglass Studies literature — specifically General Smith who in 1827 served as a founding Vice President to the Maryland Colonization Society, an auxiliary of the American Colonization Society.

While living in Fells Point the teenage Bailey had a connection with a Justice of the Peace who also served as an elector in municipal and statewide elections.

I won’t get into speculative and vacuous psychological scholarship to explain that this association Bailey had was important.

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