Posts Tagged Cambridge Maryland

“Massachusetts 54th Drummer Boy to Delmarva Publisher & Preacher to the White House: The Lost History of Rev. H. A. Monroe, Godson of Frederick Douglass” (Fair Use – Civil War Trail sign draft; Waugh Chapel UMC, Cambridge, Maryland; Dorchester County) All research, content and lost history property of Old Anacostia Douglassonians.

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Fair use is any copying of copyrighted material done for a limited and “transformative” purpose, such as to comment upon, criticize, or parody a copyrighted. This is fair use of the template of Civil War Trails, Inc.

Professionalism is paramount. We can no longer dither on the sacred and lost history.

As Richard Sherman told Michael Crabtree, “Don’t you ever talk about me and my research.” And I won’t name names but I will.

Don’t you ever talk about me and my research. Ever.


Dorchester Star; September 17, 2019; Muller returns to Shore to present lost history of Frederick Douglass’ godson

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Douglassonian muralist Michael Rosato paints new Harriet Tubman mural in Cambridge City (Dorchester County, Eastern Shore Maryland)

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Love and respect to our dear friends Mr. Jarmon & Mr. Pinder uplifting history across the bridge in Cambridge City.

Mr. Michael Rosato is a Douglassonian muralist. His work in East New Market (Dorchester County, Maryland) is one of the most honorific and dignified murals of Dr. Frederick Douglass that can be found throughout the four corners of the world.

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We are so excited to see this new mural of Harriet Tubman coming to life! The mural is on the exterior of the Harriet Tubman Museum & Education Center in downtown Cambridge, Maryland. Nationally known muralist Michael Rosato, who lives here in Dorchester County, where Tubman was born, calls this work “Take My Hand,” which shows her “reaching through the wall as if beckoning the viewer to take her hand and join her on a journey to freedom…”

Stop by the museum at 424 Race Street to watch the progress on the mural over the next few weeks. We’ll also be posting updates here!

Thanks to Fishing Creek Barber & Honey Bee Trading for capturing this photo and letting us share it. (This lovely shop and barber shop is located a few steps from the mural, so stop in and check it out.)

[Courtesy of Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway]

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS for Annual Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Conference

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad ConferenceProposals for workshops are being accepted until February 4, 2019 for this year’s Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Conference, which will be held May 31 through June 1, 2019 in Cambridge, MD — a few miles from where Harriet Tubman once lived. This year’s theme, “It Ran on Faith,” describes Harriet’s approach to her life, as well as those who worked in secret, helping others to freedom.

This conference invites historians, students, educators, researchers, genealogists, artists and others to share and compare, interpret and celebrate this story based on family, freedom, community and faith. They are seeking proposals related to the realities and complexities of slavery, escapes and those who made escapes possible with an undercurrent of faith.

Workshop sessions by individuals or groups should be one hour in length. All programming benefits from audience interaction. Proposals should include the title and type of the presentation. Presenter information needed includes name, organization, email, phone number and mailing address. A short bio and photo should be included in presenter’s submission.

The presentation must be explained by describing the topic/theme in 300 words or less. The intended audience and technology requirements must also be included.

All of this can be emailed to

For more information, email or call 410-228-7953.

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Photos from inaugural Frederick Douglass in Cambridge, Maryland Walking Tour [December 22, 2018]

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FD in Cambridge _ walking tour -- Waugh Chapel community garden

FD in Cambridge _ walking tour -- Mr. Jarmon welcomes visitors

Many thanks to all attendees and participants including representatives and members from the Dorchester County Historical Society, St. Michaels Museum at Mary’s Square, Talbot County Free Library, Waugh Chapel United Methodist Church, Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church and the Harriet Tubman Museum and and Educational Center at 424 Race Street in downtown Cambridge, Maryland.

Thank you to the Dorchester Banner, Visit Dorchester, and the Harriet Tubman Byway for helping get the word out.

Special thanks to Eastern Shore historian and author Dr. Linda Duyer and Honorable William Jarmon of historic Pine Street for their kind support and technical assistance.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Debut: Walking Tour of Frederick Douglass in Cambridge, Maryland [December 22, 10:30 am; tickets $15]

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Did you know that Frederick Douglass was born in the next county over from where Harriet Tubman was born on Maryland’s Eastern Shore?

Recently some interesting history about Douglass’s visits to Cambridge, MD, has been rediscovered, and on Dec. 22, you can join the Walking Tour of Frederick Douglass in Cambridge. The tour retraces the steps that Douglass took during two visits to Cambridge in 1877 and 1878, and includes two stops along the Tubman Byway (Sites #3 and #4). This year marks 200 years since Douglass’s birth.

The tour, which runs from 10:30am to 12pm, is led by John Muller, historian and author of “Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia.” Tickets cost $15.

Find details and buy tickets.

Cambridge is also home to the Harriet Tubman Museum & Educational Center, and about 20 minutes by auto from the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center.

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Delmarva Public Radio & WHCP Radio -> “Lost History: Frederick Douglass in Cambridge, Maryland”




This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Fredrick Douglass.  John Muller, author of Fredrick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia, talks with Don Rush about Douglass’ life.


This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Fredrick Douglass. Local Eastern Shore historian Linda Duyer taks with Don Rush about Douglass’ life.

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Star Democrat, “Douglass visited Cambridge” [Print edition, September 26, 2018; front page & p. 11]

Frederick Douglass visited Cambridge, researchers say

Photo by Jack Rodgers, Star Democrat

Douglass visited Cambridge, researchers say

Story by: Jack Rodgers

CAMBRIDGE — The Harriet Tubman Museum hosted two speakers Sept. 21, who spoke about newly found evidence that Frederick Douglass visited Cambridge in 1877.

Linda Duyer, a local Eastern Shore historian and John Muller, author of Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C: The Lion of Anacostia, both talked about their findings Friday, which point to a Douglass visit.

“We found it to be an extraordinary visit in a number of ways,” Duyer said. “This was a much more exciting visit.”

Duyer said Douglass came to Cambridge by steamboat overnight on Sept. 22, 1877, arriving in the early morning. Douglass was accompanied by John Mercer Langston, abolitionist and U.S. ambassador to Haiti.

The pair left from Long Wharf traveling up High Street, making arrangements to stay at the Cambridge Hotel. At that time, the hotel was on the northwest side of High Street, and was eventually moved to the other side, Duyer said.

Douglass and Langston then traveled to Bethel Church, where they were met by 400 to 500 people, Duyer said. Throughout their visit, Douglass and Langston were followed by bands as they walked through the area, she said.

Duyer said Douglass was not originally set to speak to the crowd, however, he ended up speaking for two hours. Douglass did not use a prepared speech, but spoke directly to both black and white audience members separately, she said.

“At one point he said, ‘Do a man a kindness and you will like him, do him an injury and you will hate him,’ which I thought was interesting,” Duyer said.

Duyer said the town commissioners also had invited Douglass to Cambridge in a proclamation, posted in a local publication. Douglass’ visit to Cambridge also came two months after his visit with his former slavemaster in the county.

Muller said Langston and Douglass had a complicated relationship, which at times may have been adversarial. This made their joint visit more unique, he said.

Muller said Douglass’ visit to Cambridge is groundbreaking and in some way changed his history.

“Frederick Douglass was an outlaw for justice and righteousness,” Muller said. “He was a very sought-after orator, writer and lecturer.”


Douglass visited Cambridge, researchers say

Editor’s Note:

I will be presenting at the Union United Methodist Church on Saturday, October 20 at the invitation of the St. Michael’s Museum and at the Easton Branch of the Talbot County Free Library on Thursday, November 1.

See you soon.


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Thank you to Cambridge, Maryland for uplifting lost history of Dr. Frederick (Bailey) Douglass

Thank you to Linda Duyer, Mr. Pinder, Mr. Jarmon, Mr. and Mrs. Green of Tubman Tours, the Harriet Tubman Organization, WHCP, Star Democrat and all who attended the presentation on Frederick Douglass in Cambridge, Maryland this past Friday evening.

Hope to see you soon!

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Photos: Linda Duyer

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LOST HISTORY: Frederick Douglass in Cambridge, Maryland @ Harriet Tubman Museum & Educational Center, Friday, Sept. 21 @ 6pm

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Radio Interview on WHCP @ 11am, Thursday, September 13 to discuss “Lost History: Frederick Douglass in Cambridge, MD”

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The good folks of Dorchester County, Maryland are embracing their lost history.

In advance of the planned announcement for the evening of Friday, September 21 I’ll be speaking on WHCP radio at 11:00 AM on Thursday, September 13 to discuss the unknown visits of Marshal Dr. Frederick Douglass to Cambridge.

If you’re on the Shore tune into 101.5 FM.

If anywhere else in the world please tune in online at

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