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“Lost History of Frederick Douglass in Western Maryland” @ Newcomer House -> Sat., April 27, 2019 @ 11:30 AM & 2:00 PM

The wood, three-bay wide historic Newcomer House surrounded by a white fence.Frederick Douglass rose from the depths of slavery on Maryland’s Eastern Shore to travel three continents and counsel a half-dozen Presidents.

You may think you know his story but did you know he visited Hagerstown?!

In 1879 Douglass took a train to “Hub City” where he delivered an address to benefit Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Future United States Congressman and United States Senator, Hagerstonian Louis E. McComas introduced Douglass before he spoke at the courthouse on Washington Street. Hear historian and author John Muller share never before published details of Dr. Frederick Douglass’ visit to Hagerstown walking the community and lodging in the historic Washington House.

Each presentation will be a half-hour history discussion.


FACEBOOK EVENT

LOCATION:

18422 Shepherdstown Pike
Keedysville, MD 21756.

The Newcomer House is located approximately ½ mile east of Sharpsburg along Maryland Route 34 (Shepherdstown Pike) on the western edge of the Antietam Creek.

301-432-640

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Thank you to Hagerstown, Maryland (Hub City) for embracing and uplifting the consequential lost local history of Frederick Douglass!

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Walking tour of Hagerstown gathers on Bethel Street. John Brown in the cut.


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Corner of Henry Avenue and Bethel Street in Hagerstown, Maryland. The street is named for Rev. Thomas Henry, a legendary AME pastor in the greater Hagerstown area who had connections to Frederick Douglass and the greater Anacostia and Good Hope Communities of Southeast Washington.


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Jeff Cline, Washington County Commissioner, presents a proclamation recognizing the 1879 visit of Dr. Frederick Douglass to Hagerstown to an elder of Ebenezer AME Church, pastored by Rev. Marbury at 26 Bethel Street in Hagerstown, Maryland. Proceeds from Douglass’ 1879 lecture supported the church, a characteristic of hundreds of Douglass’ lectures in the last three decades of his life.


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On Bethel Street a historic marker recognizes the history of Hagerstown’s AME church before and during the Civil War. The connections between the AME church in networks of Hagerstown and Baltimore and Washington are numerous.


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An inquisitive young man reads from a historic marker noting John Brown’s 1859 stay at a hotel in downtown Hagerstown before launching his assault on the federal arsenal in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.


“Local historians learn about Frederick Douglass’ visit to Hagerstown in 1879”
By Jonathan Hunter, WDVM
Feb 8, 2019

https://www.localdvm.com/news/hidden-history/black-history-month/local-historians-learn-about-frederick-douglass-visit-to-hagerstown-in-1879/1758240389

“Taking pride in history as a legacy unfolds”
By Brandon Reynolds, WDVM
Feb 12, 2019

https://www.localdvm.com/news/maryland/taking-pride-in-history-as-a-legacy-unfolds/1777085707


— SPECIAL THANKS! —

Elizabeth Howe and John Clinton Frye of the Western Maryland Room of the Washington County Free Library – Hagerstown Branch

Manager Mary Mannix & staff of the Maryland Room of the Frederick County Library – Frederick City Branch

Reggie Turner, Washington County Commissioners; Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture

WDVM – Hagerstown

Rev. Marbury, Ebenezer AME Church of Hagerstown

Dan Spedden & Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau 

Ron Lytle, African American Historical Association of Western MD

Dr. Ed Papenfuse, retired archivist

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

16th & W Street Douglassonians

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Thank you, Hagerstown, Maryland for embracing the lost history of Frederick Douglass in your community. (pictures)

In preparation for two upcoming presentations in Hagerstown, Maryland about the lost history of Frederick Douglass visiting the “Hub City” in April 1879 I recently had the pleasure of offering a preview talk at Ebenezer AME Church at 26 Bethel Street and a preview walking tour.

Special thanks to Mr. Ron Lytle of the African-American Historical Association of Western Maryland, Pastor Donald Marbury of Ebenezer AME, Commissioner Reggie Turner of the Maryland Commission on African-American History and Culture, Rachel Nichols of the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area and the crew of the WDVM-TV for braving the elements. Additional thanks to Dan Spedden and his staff at the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Looking forward to the upcoming television special and presentations Tuesday, February 12th at the Fletcher Branch Library in downtown Hagerstown at 7:00 PM and Saturday, February 16th at Ebenezer AME Church at 2:00 PM.

JM


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LECTURE: *Lost History: Frederick Douglass in Western Maryland* (Fletcher Branch Library in Hagerstown, MD on Tuesday, February 12 @ 7pm)

Historical map of Hagerstown with photograph of Frederick Douglass and program information in foreground

Fletcher Branch Library
Tuesday, February 12 • 7 PM
100 S Potomac St
Hagerstown, MD 21740


 

Lost History: Frederick Douglass in Western Maryland
with Historian John Muller

Frederick Douglass rose from the depths of slavery on Maryland’s Eastern Shore to travel three continents and counsel a half-dozen Presidents.You may think you know his story but did you know he visited Hagerstown?!

In 1879 Douglass took a train to “Hub City” where he delivered an address to benefit Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Future United States Congressman and United States Senator, Hagerstonian Louis E. McComas introduced Douglass before he spoke at the court house on Washington Street.

Hear historian and author John Muller share never before published details of Dr. Frederick Douglass’ visit to Hagerstown walking the community and lodging in the historic Washington House. Earlier in the day, John Muller will host a walking tour through the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area.

This evening program is free to attend. Registration is not required, but is appreciated.


 

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Walking Tour of Frederick Douglass in Hagerstown — February 12 & February 16, 2019 [Meet at Hagerstown Visitor Center]

FD Lecture _ Hagerstown _ Daily News _ April 27, 1879TICKETS HERE!

Frederick Douglass rose from the depths of slavery on Maryland’s Eastern Shore to travel three continents and counsel a half-dozen Presidents.

You may think you know his story but did you know Douglass visited Hagerstown?!

In 1879 Douglass took a train to “Hub City” where he delivered an address to benefit the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Future United States Congressman and United States Senator, Hagerstonian Louis E. McComas introduced Douglass before he spoke at the court house on Washington Street.

Hear historian and author John Muller share never before published details of Dr. Frederick Douglass’ visit to Hagerstown walking the community and lodging in the historic Washington House.

 

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Upcoming presentations and talks on “Lost History of Frederick Douglass” (February – April 2019) across the entire state of Maryland from Baltimore to Denton to Hagerstown

*FEBRUARY*

Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 1 pm
Central Library – Denton, Caroline County Public Library
100 Market Street
Denton, MD 21629

Lost History of Frederick Douglass in Caroline County, Maryland

Following the discovery and presentation of the “Lost History of Frederick Douglass in Cambridge, Maryland,” local historian John Muller will present on the unknown history of Frederick Douglass in Caroline County.

Monday, February 11, 2019 
Sheraton Hotel
Alexandria, Virginia
Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States

“Frederick Douglass and the Lincoln Family”

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 7 pm
Hagerstown Central Branch, Washington County Free Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

“Lost History of Frederick Douglass in Hagerstown, Maryland”

Frederick Douglass rose from the depths of slavery on Maryland’s Eastern Shore to travel three continents and counsel a half-dozen Presidents.

You may think you know his story but did you know Douglass visited Hagerstown?!

In 1879 Douglass took a train to “Hub City” where he delivered an address to benefit Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Future United States Congressman and United States Senator, Hagerstonian Louis E. McComas introduced Douglass before he spoke at the court house on Washington Street.

Hear historian and author John Muller share never before published details of Dr. Frederick Douglass’ visit to Hagerstown walking the community and lodging in the historic Washington House.

Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 2 pm
Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church
26 Bethel Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

“Lost History of Frederick Douglass in Western Maryland”

Using newly discovered information found in public and private archives, Muller will share information that uplifts the history of consequential visits Douglass made to Frederick City, Hagerstown and Cumberland, as well as lifelong associations Douglass had with abolitionists, politicians, and faith and community leaders of the Cumberland Valley region.

Saturday, February 23, 2019
Delaplaine Visual Arts Center
40 South Carroll Street
Frederick, Maryland 21701
Frederick County Historic Sites Consortium Yearly Master Docent Series Workshop 2019

Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 6:30 pm
Enoch Pratt Central Library, African American Department 
400 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

John Muller, author of Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia and Mark Twain in Washington, D.C.: The Adventures of a Capital Correspondent, will present “The Lost History of Frederick (Bailey) Douglass in Baltimore” using newly discovered information found in the Baltimore City Archives, Maryland Historical Society, Enoch Pratt Free Library, and private archives. Muller has presented widely throughout the DC-Baltimore metropolitan area at venues including the Library of Congress, Newseum, Politics and Prose, American Library in Paris and local universities. He is currently working on a book about the lost history of Frederick Douglass on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

John Muller will be in conversation with Dr. Ida E. Jones, Morgan State University archivist.

Writers LIVE programs are supported in part by a bequest from The Miss Howard Hubbard Adult Programming Fund. 


*APRIL*

Tuesday, April 6, 2019
Frostburg State University
Frostburg, Maryland
“Lost History of Frederick Douglass in Cumberland and Allegany County, Maryland”

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park
16501 Norwood Road
Sandy Spring, Maryland 20860

Image result for frederick douglass emily edmonsonHave you heard stories of Frederick Douglass stepping through the country roads of Brinklow and Sandy Spring?

According to oral tradition Dr. Douglass, an internationally known abolitionist, statesmen, orator and journalist, was known to visit multiple families in our area.

Emily Edmonson Johnson, born an enslaved person in Montgomery County and an escapee of the Pearl in 1848, was photographed with Frederick Douglass and other abolitionist at a convention to protest the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law. Following her education at Oberlin in Ohio and serving as a teacher at the Miner School in Washington, D.C., Edmonson married Larkin Johnson in the early 1860s and lived in the Sandy Spring community for nearly a decade. She later moved to Hillsdale in Washington, D.C., adjacent to Anacostia where her friend Frederick Douglass lived which is preserved as the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site.

Find out more about Frederick Douglass and his connections from Sharp Street Church to state politics in post-Civil War Maryland and unknown visits to communities from Cumberland to Cambridge.

Saturday, April 27, 2019
Porch Program at the Newcomer House
18422 Shepherdstown Pike
Keedysville, Maryland 21756

“Lost History of Frederick Douglass in Western Maryland”

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“The Lost History of Frederick Douglass in Western Maryland” (Feb. 16, 2019 2:00 pm @ Ebenezer AME Church – 26 Bethel Street, Hagerstown, Maryland)

Frederick-Douglass in Hagerstown _ Feb 16, 2019

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