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Brief Note on Frederick Douglass & Lynching pertaining to the Maryland Lynching Truth & Reconciliation Commission, Maryland Lynching Memorial Project and the Equal Justice Initiative (Feb 11, 2020)
As the state of Maryland continues the work of its Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission with plans for its first formal public hearings underway we must insist a recognition and discussion of “Frederick Douglass and Lynching” is part of the ecosystem.
Foremost, “The Lessons of the Hour” (1894) was the last major pamphlet of Dr. Douglass during his half-century public career. Throughout the 1890s Douglass advocated within local communities and at the highest levels of the government for anti-lynching laws and prosecution of extra-judicial killings. In concert with Maryland activists Douglass pressed this issue and claims.
Secondly, while serving as Marshal of the District of Columbia, Frederick Douglass played a significant role in averting a lynch mob in Washington City in February 1880.
Earlier that month Douglass spoke in Salisbury in Wicomico County on the Lower Eastern Shore.
In 1931 Matthew Williams was murdered by a lynch mob in that same space. Two years later Maryland would suffer its last murder by lynch mob with George Armwood’s death in Princess Anne in 1933.
It has been our experience in the past year or so surveying meetings of the existing Maryland Lynching Truth & Reconciliation Commission, as well the Maryland Lynching Memorial Project, that Douglass and the issue of lynching is not a thought, afterthought nor warranting a mention.
Organizations and folks who are either raising funds off this history and/or who are supported with funds from the public treasury and/or who are on the public time clock in their capacity as commissioners have a greater responsibility than to be careless with citations, scholastically thoughtless and in general ahistorical.
Muller, John. “Lynching Averted in Washington City,” Ghosts of DC. November 9, 2012
Public Lecture: “Strike for Freedom: Slavery, Civil War & the Frederick Douglass Family in the Walter O. & Linda Evans Collection” @ Taylor House Office Building in Annapolis (April 25, 2019 @ 2:00 PM)
Strike for Freedom: Slavery, Civil War & the Frederick Douglass Family in the Walter O. & Linda Evans Collection
Thursday, April 25, 2019 — 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Dr. Celeste-Marie Bernier
Taylor House Office Building
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
email or call Maya Davis with questions
firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-260-6487
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In the Library: Frederick Douglass Family Materials from the Walter O. Evans Collection opens at the National Gallery of Art in downtown Washington, D.C. April 22, 2019
Author Talk & Book Signing: “If I Survive” by Dr. Celeste-Marie Bernier @ Twin Oaks – Friday, September, 7, 1-3pm [Ticket $25, sponsored by Maryland State Archives]
Please consider joining us for this very special event!
Seating is limited and is anticipated to sell out quickly.
To reserve your seat and copy of the book please call 410-260-6461.