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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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“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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Point Boys Douglassonians: Dr. Edward Papenfuse, Maryland State Archivist, retired, presents on the Baltimore Anna Murray and Frederick Bailey left behind.

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1831 Baltimore City Directory: Nathaniel Knight “justice of the peace and book seller, Thames st s side near Market st”

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Prof. Lawrence Jackson of Johns Hopkins University advances new age Douglassonian scholarship

Frederick Bailey of Baltimore _ LJ_JHU_2.10.2018Earlier this month at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore I attended a presentation by Douglassonian Studies scholar Dr. Lawrence Jackson of Johns Hopkins University.

Attentive and insightful historians can easily distinguish speculation from scholarship. Unfortunately, in the nascent field of Douglassonian Studies speculation stills reigns.

Fortunately and thankfully there is yet hope.

Using Census records, maps, pamphlets, newspapers, city directories and other scholarly resources Prof. Jackson introduced information gleaned from the creation of four interactive digital maps using GIS software. Jackson collaborated with his students, passing on the Douglassonian tradition, to generate these maps.

According to an online article about the project Jackson led, “Working with the Maryland Historical Society, the four students combed archives, old newspapers, and census records to trace Douglass’ pathways in the 1820s and ’30s. Then, with JHU’s Sheridan Libraries, they used the ArcGIS digital mapping platform to construct a visual narrative.”

Having attended dozens of Douglass discussions, panels and lectures over the years I can state beyond metaphysical certitude that, along with other scholars such as Prof. Leigh Fought, Zoe Trodd, Celeste-Marie Bernier and Morgan State doctoral candidate Candace Jackson Gray, Prof. Jackson is advancing Douglass scholarship to areas of previously unexplored terrain.

“Frederick Bailey of Baltimore” was an original, engaging, thoughtful and revealing discussion of the early years and experiences of Frederick Bailey in Baltimore as told through new sources of scholarship.

We commend Prof. Jackson and hope to see, hear and read more of his work on Douglass in the near future.

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Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Exhibit opens at Baltimore City Hall, Feb. 1, 2018

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West North Avenue, Baltimore. Photo: John Muller & William Alston-El

The Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Exhibit will be on display at Baltimore City Hall in the north gallery. The exhibit will chronicle Douglass life with special emphasis on his time in Baltimore, involvement the Underground Railroad, Civil War and post 1865. The exhibit will include pictures, maps, quilts, dvds and other state of the art exhibit items honoring one of America’s great iconic figures of the 19th century. One of the primary goals of the project to invite Maryland public, private and charter school students to Baltimore City Hall to tour the exhibit and learn more about Frederick Douglass and his lifelong efforts as an advocate for freedom, justice and equality.

Editor’s Note:

This is the best information we got. Looks like FD’s image is on the cover of the monthly Baltimore magazine give-away distributed at museums and tourist locations. I’ll try to get up there before Feb. 1 and/or gather harder intelligence before this exhibit opens.

Information out of Baltimore is rather unclear in terms of what is being done and who is doing it? The Mayor’s Office? Enoch Pratt? The Maryland Historical Society, located in Baltimore? Morgan State? Johns Hopkins? The city historical society and city college / university? The Fells Point Preservation Society?

We got nothing through the website for Baltimore City government. Not even an event listing. Nothing on the website for the City Council.

Not sure Washington City is any better …

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VIDEO: Dr. Ira Berlin on Frederick Douglass’ early years in Fell’s Point, Nov. 9, 2017

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Baltimore: A Day with Frederick Douglass and Lou Fields (November 18, 2017)

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Photo by John Muller. All rights reserved and enforced.

To kick off the Baltimore 2018 Year of Douglass, his bicentennial birthday celebration and the 180th anniversary of his escape, the African American Tourism Council is seeking your support and participation in “A Day with Frederick Douglass” at the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Museum & Park. 

Mayor Catherine E. Pugh has confirmed her attendance. The program will start at 10:00am and conclude at 2:00pm.

A Day with Frederick Douglass” begins with the Frederick Douglass Path to Freedom Walking Tour in historic Fell’s Point. The walking tour will begin at 10:00AM at Broadway & Thames near the water taxi.

At the conclusion of the walking tour participants and the general public are invited to a Discussion with Frederick Douglass at the Douglass Myers Museum at 1417 Thames Street, Baltimore, MD.

The walking tour fee is reduced to $10.00 per person for all attendees, includes admission to the Douglass discussion, admission to the museum without the walking tour is $5 adults, $4 seniors, $2 children (6-17), children under 6 are free.

Frederick Douglass books will be on sale.

During the discussion Frederick Douglass will be portrayed by Mr. Nathan Richardson, artist, poet, historian and interpreter.

Sponsors and supporters include Visit Baltimore, Maryland Commission of Civil Rights, Baltimore Heritage, AFSCME Council 67 and the Maryland Office of Tourism Department.

UPDATE (April 28, 2018):

All that sounds good is not good upon a little investigation & research. Sanctioned by family that Lou Fields is done.

Legacy of “Fake Fred” still active by used car salesman Lou Fields; Banneker-Douglass Museum forsakes sacred history of Dr. Frederick Augustus Washington (Bailey) Douglass, Point Boy, Eastern Shoreman, fugitive slave-scholar, Lion of Anacostia, America’s Pharaoh –>

Frederick Douglass: “Of my father I know nothing.” The “Miseduction” & dumbing down of Douglass continues by Baltimore’s Lou Fields who claims to know identity of Douglass’ father. –>

 

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