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Eastern Shore Douglassoniana: “Marshal Douglass’ Old Master Dead” [Evening Star, February 11, 1880]

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Former slaver of the Baileys buried in St. Michaels, Maryland. (Talbot County) Photo: Tarence Bailey & William Alston-El

MARSHALL DOUGLASS’ OLD MASTER DEAD. –

The Baltimore American this morning says: – Captain Thomas Auld, so well known as once the owner of Hon. Frederick Douglass – once an Eastern Shore slave boy, now Marshal of the District of Columbia, one of the finest public orators in the United States – died on Sunday last at the residence of his son-in-law, John C. Harper, esq., near St. Michael’s, Talbot county.

Captain Auld was 85 years of age, and had been almost helpless for a long time before he died. He was at one time a merchant in St. Michael’s, was a member of the M.E. Church, was a most excellent man in all the relations of life, and was a kind and indulgent master, when he owned slaves, freeing them all at the early age of 31 years.

In the year 1839, after young Douglass ran away from his slave plantation, Captain Auld received a letter from a gentleman in Canada, asking if he would sell his freedom papers, and offering a liberal sum of money for them. He did not reply to the letter, saying that Douglass would have been free in a few years had he not run away, and now that he has gone, he could stay.

After the passage of the fugitive slave law in 1850, he transferred his supposed right in Douglass to his brother, Mr. Hugh Auld, in Baltimore, who disposed of it to Douglass himself, who was thus relieved of all apprehensions of arrest.

SOURCE:

“Marshall Douglass’ Old Master Dead.” Evening Star, 11 February, 1880, p. 4

Editor’s Note:

There are numerous factual errors and speculations within this short news item. However, it is a valuable contemporaneous account.

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Umar Johnson’s identity theft aided by unknowing guardians of local Eastern Shore history. Be aware of this fraud. #UmarLiar. (Part 2)

In between the work of uplifting Douglassonian Studies and attempting to connect and build community I’ve prioritized addressing the identity theft of Umar Johnson, the pilfering peasant of Pan-Africanism.

Johnson must immediately cease and desist speaking the name of Douglass and Bailey out of his mouth. His lies have been aided by unknowing European Americans of the Eastern Shore who have assisted his treachery by sharing intimate local history, which is intimate Bailey family history.

My come up was along side old school librarians, back of the 70 bus griots of the Riots, Southside street corner historians and veteran editors of the Evening Star. I have standards to maintain with my research and writing. If it can’t be proven or confirmed it is a lie.

Umar Johnson is a lie. Johnson’s alarmingly false claims the “blood that ran in Frederick Douglass veins runs in my veins,” has been used to defraud folks of reportedly hundreds of thousands of dollars.

A close examination of Johnson reveals that this dirty rotten scoundrel stumbled upon a couple history articles at the far reaches of the Internet and has recycled the information anew to fit his lies and distortions. The claims he has repeated I’ve found where he got them from.

Bible given by SD to SHB & Caroline Bailey (2)Many of the facts Johnson found he has subsequently perverted. For example Frederick (Bailey) Douglass did NOT give Stephen Henry Bailey and his wife Caroline Wilson Bailey a Bible on their 50th wedding anniversary. One of Stephen and Caroline’s sons offered the gift that would become a sacred family heirloom.

Furthermore, in reviewing a video of Johnson’s disgraceful visit to a family cemetery in Denton, Maryland in Caroline County it is clear to the historic detective I was trained to be that something is not right.

It is telling how little the blowhard Johnson knows from the little research he has done, and who really makes video upon videos of bringing students to cemeteries to hear make-believe-lectures?

While Johnson looks at the grave for his imaginary family of Stephen Henry Bailey and George Washington Bailey, a local grocer, an older European gentleman tells Johnson a story that has been passed down in local history lore. Somehow it wasn’t passed down to Johnson through his imaginary family.

At the 11:10 minute mark of the video the older European gentleman tells Johnson:

“George had a store in Denton that was burnt down.”

Johnson: “See, I didn’t know that. That’s, that’s that piece you gotta give me. See, I didn’t know that.”

Of course Johnson did NOT know that because he is NOT a Bailey. He is NOT in anyway a kinsman to Frederick (Bailey) Douglass, Stephen Henry Bailey or George Washington Bailey. All lies.

My mother has a family scroll. My father knows from where in Germany his folks came. I was told the oral history of my family since I was a little kid. I was raised to know it.

In conversations with authentic members of the Bailey Tribe the oral histories contained within the family pre-date the formation of this country.

As zealous and manic as Johnson is in holding steadfast in defense of his LIES that he is a kinsman and fake-descendant of Stephen Henry Bailey, the fact he does NOT know the oral tradition of his falsely self-clamed family and has to be told by someone outside of his family is very revealing.

This is circumstantial yet consequential evidence of the mighty fraud Johnson has perpetuated. Family historians understand what rings true and what does not.

I ask for your patience and indulgence as I gather all of my research and present my case to refute every single one of the LIES the pilfering peasant of Pan-Africanism has ever uttered about Dr. Douglass and his family and members of the Bailey Tribe.

John Muller
Author, Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia
Co-Founder, W Street Douglassonians

Editor’s Note:

Also, I just spoke to some extended family of my Uncle G’s wive’s family. Come to find out I am distant descendant — not by blood but way of my father’s younger brother’s wife — of one of the poor Irish kids in Fells Point whom Frederick Bailey enlisted as an impromptu back alley teacher. See, anybody can just make anything up.

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Easton, Maryland Celebrates the life and legacy of Frederick Douglass

Posted: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 12:29 pm

EASTON — The Town of Easton and the Frederick Douglass Honor Society will celebrate Frederick Douglass’ life and legacy Saturday, Sept. 27, during Frederick Douglass Day.

The celebration will feature a parade with bands, keynote address by a Douglass scholar, musical performances, children’s activities, food and retail vendors, a tour of “The Hill,” a historically oriented scavenger hunt, oral history interviews and a free screening of “12 Years a Slave.”

Born into slavery in Talbot County, Douglass became an author, human rights activist, teacher and writer. His bronze statue was erected in front of the Talbot County Courthouse on June 18, 2011.

At 10:45 a.m., the Frederick Douglass Day parade will form on Glenwood Avenue, then march to West Street and Federal Street, ending at the statue at about 11:15 a.m. Eric Lowery, president of the Frederick Douglass Honor Society, will welcome attendees, and present musical performances and a reading by the winner of the Frederick Douglass Essay contest.

“Frederick Douglass and African-American history is part of us all,” Lowery said. “We hope the community and visitors will enjoy this incredible day of learning, celebration and entertainment. One of my favorite Douglass quotes is ‘… It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.’”

Afterward, participants can stroll to the event’s central location on Dover Street, in the parking lot next to the Talbot County District Court building. There will be live entertainment, food and retail vendors, and a knowledge village, where exhibitors from various organizations will share information on their missions and histories.

From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Dale Green will lead a tour of “The Hill,” an area in Easton recently discovered to be the oldest African-American community in the nation, populated by free blacks and some whites, all living in relative harmony. Green, chairman of the Historic Preservation Program at Morgan State University in Baltimore, has played an active role in archaeological digs in “The Hill” neighborhood. At 3 p.m., he will present an update on “The Hill” and its latest archaeological findings at the Talbot County Free Library.

From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Dover Street location, Kentavius Jones and his band will perform live music. Other musical performers will include the Bay Country Chorus, Gene Edwards and the SPAA Singers (Society for the Preservation of African American Singers)

At 1 p.m., keynote speaker David Blight, a Yale University historian and director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition, will talk about material from his forthcoming book on Frederick Douglass’ life at the Talbot County Free Library.

Sanfoka Dance Theater will take center stage at 3 p.m. to present authentic African art in the form of dance music, and folkways.

A free screening of “12 Years a Slave” will be held 6:30 p.m. at Easton Premier Cinemas. The film, based on a true story about one man’s fight for survival and freedom, earned three Academy Awards — Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong’o and Best Adapted Screenplay for John Ridley.

On Friday, Sept. 26, the Frederick Douglass Honor Society will host a fundraising event at the Avalon Theatre, with live music by the XPD’s, who Motown, R&B and funk songs. Tickets are $35 and available online at www.avalontheatre.com.

Except for the fundraiser, all Frederick Douglass Day events and the movie screening are free and open to the public.

For more information, email ericlowery@atlanticbb.net, or call 410-375-7879 or 410-463-5789.

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Frederick Douglass Historic Marker in St. Michaels, Maryland

Photo by John Muller.

Off of North Talbot Street in the quaint commercial thoroughfare of St. Michaels, Maryland is a small park with a historic marker honoring Frederick Douglass, Talbot County’s Native Son.

The outlay of the streets today is the same that a young enslaved Douglass and a sagacious United Marshal Douglass walked in the 19th century. The Talbot County Historical Society has developed a self-guided walking / driving tour of fourteen sites related to Douglass’ life in the county.

 

 

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Marshal Douglass visits his former master, June 1877

Life is funny, huh man?

In June 1877, Marshal Douglass visited his former master, Captain Thomas Auld on his death bed in St. Michael’s, Talbot County, Maryland. The visit was reported in papers throughout the country.

The Baltimore Sun, June 19, 1877

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