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Working with unpublished writings, letters and speeches and photographs, we learn that the fight for freedom was a family business to which all the Douglasses dedicated their lives.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

-JM

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

SOURCE:

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.

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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

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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)

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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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“The Colored People of Baltimore” signed by Rev. John Fortie, Nathaniel Peck and William Levington [Niles Weekly Register, 3 October, 1835]

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Niles Weekly Register, Vol. 49. Oct 3, 1835, p. 72. “The Colored People of Baltimore.”

The following affecting reply of the very respectable colored clergymen, whose names are attached, on behalf of the people of their respective congregations and others – we sincerely believe is “just and true” in all its parts.

JOHN FORTIE,
minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Sharp street.

NATHANIEL PECK,
minister of the Bethel Methodist Episcopal Church.

WILLIAM LEVINGTON
rector of St. James P. E. church, Baltimore.

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