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VIDEO: “Five Minute Histories: Douglass Place” {Baltimore Heritage}

Continuing their wonderful series, Baltimore Heritage recently posted a video from old Strawberry Alley focusing on its more recent connection to real estate developer and investor Frederick Douglass.

Baltimore Heritage: In 1892, abolitionist, statesman, and social reformer Frederick Douglass returned to the city where he fled enslavement 54 years earlier and built 5 alley houses for low-income families. Please join us today as we explore the incredible story of Frederick Douglass, and his motives

NOTE: If interested in checking out Douglass Place on an upcoming walking tour check for dates *HERE*

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Frederick Douglass Historic Panel Unveiling in Baltimore City -> Saturday, June 19, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

On Saturday, June 19, 2021 (Juneteenth), the Canton Community Association, in partnership with the Baltimore National Heritage Area and the Friends of President Street Station, will unveil a set of historic panels commemorating Frederick Douglass’ escape from slavery in 1838. Join us at 11:00 a.m. at 2809 Boston Street in Canton, the site of the former depot where Frederick Bailey – later known as Frederick Douglass – boarded a train to freedom in the north.

Douglass, who made his escape dressed as a sailor, kept this story to himself until he published his third autobiography in 1881. Although Douglass’ account leaves out many logistical details, (including the location of the station), recent research of contemporary documents completed by Dr. Raymond Bahr, citizen historian and founder of the Canton History Project, points to the location of a long-lost railroad depot on Boston Street (in front of what is now Tindeco Wharf Apartments).

“I heard the theory (from anecdotal sources) that Frederick Bailey, then enslaved in the shipyards of Fell’s Point, probably escaped on a train leaving a station on Boston Street in Canton. So, with the help of colleagues, I dug into contemporary maps, news articles, reports of the Canton Company, and the lore of local railroad historians to fill in a more complete picture of the preconditions young Frederick faced and what decisions he made when planning his escape. We were very excited to discover that such a pivotal moment in history occurred in our neighborhood.” – Dr. Raymond Bahr.

Following his escape from Baltimore, Douglass continued to battle against slavery, oppression, and inequality throughout American society. Today, Douglass is recognized as the most historically consequential American raised in Maryland. His writings about race relations, human liberty, and political power are painfully relevant and consistently impactful.

The dedication program will include remarks by:

Raymond Bahr, Historian, Canton History Project & Alliance History Committee
Bradley Alston, Baltimore City Historical Society Board Member and Urban Ranger
Shauntee Daniels, Director, Baltimore National Heritage Area
Zeke Cohen, Councilmember, Baltimore City District 1
Mark Edelson, President, Canton Community Association
Young Scholars (Schools TBA)

Funding for this project was provided by The Baltimore National Heritage Area via the Heritage Investment Grant (HIG).

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VIDEO: “Baltimore’s Point Boys helped Frederick Douglass learn to read” -> WBAL TV (February 4, 2021)

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Brief note on Frederick (Bailey) Douglass & the Enoch Pratt Free Library; FBD knew Dr. Lewis Henry Steiner, founding Librarian of Enoch Pratt Free Library

Lewis Henry Steiner.jpgAs an adolescent Frederick Bailey ear hustled rudimentary academic instruction from the doorways at Wye House on the Eastern Shore to the alleyways of Fell’s Point in Baltimore City. As an adult he served on the boards of colleges and universities.

Having never attended a formal day of school in his life Dr. Douglass was regarded and respected by the most learned men and women of his era from college presidents to national legislators on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean before he was yet 30 years old.

Throughout his life Dr. Douglass aligned himself with radical Black Americans and radical European Americans who advocated for equal education, to use modern parlance. Anyone who openly supported and/or anyone who sought to aid in the education of Black Americans could count Dr. Douglass as an ally.

Part of the inspirational and aspirational story of the life of Dr. Douglass is his personal commitment to radical education across time and geography and institutions from Sunday schools to primary schools to the university to the modern American library.

Lost in the diabolical scandalmongering peddled by mythomanes is the street history of Dr. Douglass, a man of infinite real-world associations, connections and relationships. How the history and life work of Dr. Douglass connects to today has yet to be told more than a century after his passing due negligence, incompetence and state-sanctioned ignorance.

Dr. Douglass knew them all and they all knew Dr. Douglass.

In April 1879, in Frederick City, Maryland, United States Marshal Frederick (Bailey) Douglass lectured to benefit Quinn Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church on 3rd Street, where several of his close friends had previously pastored. Speaking within today’s Brewer’s Alley, Douglass shared the stage with local pastors as well as local educators.

Specifically, Marshal Douglass shared the stage in Frederick with Dr. Lewis Henry Steiner, a local to the area and advocate for equal education.

Upon its opening in 1886 Dr. Steiner was the lead librarian of the Enoch Pratt Free Library. Dr. Steiner, as well as other leadership and administrative staff of Enoch Pratt, knew Dr. Douglass.

Before the central branch re-opened and before the public health crisis I was applying pressure to the administration of Enoch Pratt Free Library to see how much they knew, or rather did not know, about the connections of Frederick (Bailey) Douglass to the library.

My correspondence with staff of the Enoch Pratt Free Library are all a matter of public record, as are the extant records of the library. I received a personal call after 8:00 PM one evening from a staff member thanking me for the continued pressure I was applying to the library leadership yet sharing that while the archival records I was seeking should exist they weren’t sure if they had them or where they may be. And that is how it be and why the history has been so utterly lost and mythologized by sustained public ignorance.

Frederick (Bailey) Douglass knew the founding leadership of the Enoch Pratt Free Library. He was active in supporting institutions in his native Baltimore until his passing. Upon its opening the Enoch Pratt Free Library was open to all. Dr. Douglass knew this and he knew those who made it so.

Do you think Frederick (Bailey) Douglass supported the Enoch Pratt Free Library? Of course he did.

Organizations within Frederick, the state and region who can aid in educating the public include Elizabeth Shatto with the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area, John Fieseler with Visit Frederick, Drew Gruber with Civil War Trails, Frederick County Public Library, leadership of AARCH and others.

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VIDEO: “Preserving history of Frederick Douglass homes in Fells Point” (WBAL-TV; Baltimore, August 2020)

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Thank you to WBAL for interviewing Lost History Associates John Muller & Justin McNeil in Fell’s Point for forthcoming feature on the Lost History of Frederick (Bailey) Douglass

Thank you to reporter Lisa Robinson and cameraman Steve Adams of WBAL (NBC) for taking time Thursday, January 14, 2021 to walk and talk with John Muller and Justin McNeil of Lost History Associates in Fell’s Point about the lost history of Frederick (Bailey) Douglass in Baltimore.

Check your local listings for a forthcoming feature(s) and/or circle back to this blog upon the first of February 2021 for more information. 

Justin McNeil, co-founder of Lost History Associates, speaks with WBAL in Fell’s Point, Baltimore.

John Muller, co-founder of Lost History Associates, speaks with WBAL in Fell’s Point, Baltimore.


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Did Frederick (Bailey) Douglass lecture to benefit “Johns Hopkins Colored Orphan Asylum”?

For the last thirty years of his life Frederick (Bailey) Douglass was a frequent presence in Baltimore City.

Douglass attended the horse races, citywide parades, developed real estate properties, maintained connections with childhood friends and spoke within and to benefit local churches, local schools, community centers and orphanages.

Earlier this week, Johns Hopkins University rolled out “news” regarding its founder that has reportedly been known for generations within the community of local researchers and local historians.

Did Frederick (Bailey) Douglass lecture to benefit “Johns Hopkins Colored Orphan Asylum“?

How did Douglass know Hopkins, as well as other Baltimore philanthropists from George Peabody to Enoch Pratt? Did Douglass and Professor Kelly Miller discuss his experiences at JHU?

We hope “these questions” also begin to be asked and researched.

It will take generations to reconcile the history in the wave of front stories, spins and propaganda. 


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WYPR (88.1 FM) “On The Record” -> Who Was Frederick (Bailey) Douglass, The Man? [December 4, 2020]

To make sense of history we often turn to books to help illustrate life in the past. But today we talk with someone who brings history alive by taking it to the streets — of Baltimore.

Historian and author John Muller gives us a preview of his walking tour: The Lost History of Frederick (Bailey) Douglass.

He believes the well-worn stories of the abolitionist’s loftier accomplishments don’t portray the true scope of the man he was.


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TUNE IN: 9:30 AM @ Friday, December 4, 2020 -> WYPR (88.1 FM) “On the Record” features Douglassonian John Muller to discuss Frederick (Bailey) Douglass Walking Tour in Baltimore

WYPR staff faces Friday deadline for three buyouts

Thank you to WYPR and “On The Record” for taking time to speak about the upcoming walking tours of Frederick (Bailey) Douglass in Baltimore, Sunday, December 13, 2020.

Interview will air Friday, December 4, 2020 at 9:30 AM (EST) on WYPR, 88.1 FM, out of Baltimore City.

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Did Anna Murray parlez-vous français? Pourquoi, bien sûr.

On the Life of Black Abolitionist Anna Murray Douglass –Les historiens ne vous l’ont pas encore dit, donc vous ne savez pas.

Frederick (Bailey) Douglass était un francophile noir américain en raison de l’influence de sa femme honorée et digne; Anna du Tuckahoe.

Frederick ne pouvait pas briser les coins et les communautés avec des réfugiés haïtiens, priant dans une langue étrangère à une nation étrangère, tout comme Anna.

“Le regard blanc” du honteux Leigh Fought, et presque tous les historiens blancs qui ont déjà étudié Douglass, n’ont jamais compris la complexité d’Anna.

Les femmes blanches ne devraient plus jamais écrire sur Anna Murray après le travail honteux de Leigh Fought.

Anna Murray était une abolitionniste internationale une décennie avant que le monde n’entende parler de son mari.

Nous savons qui sont ces historiens honteux: David Blight, Leigh Fought, John Stauffer, Celeste Marie-Bernie et toute l’équipe d’historiens des mensonges blancs.

Anna Murray a été affiliée et initiée avec des abolitionnistes internationaux à l’adolescence; elle garde un évêque de l’Église épiscopale méthodiste africaine sur le Tuckahoe. Anna Murray a eu du respect sur chaque crique de la côte est et à l’angle de la ville de Baltimore.

Nous devons élever l’histoire, l’âme et l’esprit d’Anna Murray; le héros le plus méconnu du mouvement abolitionniste international. Sans Anna, nous ne connaîtrions pas Frédéric.

Nous avons été élevés par des grands-mères, des tantes, des sœurs, des cousines, des dames d’église, des bibliothécaires, des enseignants et des gardiens du coin dans l’esprit d’Anna Murray. Par conséquent, nous devons raconter une fois et pour toujours l’histoire perdue.

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