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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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Photos of Frederick Douglass mural walking tour of Old Anacostia

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to guide students from the Head-Royce School in Oakland, California enrolled in a selective social justice program visiting the nation’s capital on a walking tour of Old Anacostia.

Organized by Envoys, an international organization that works with innovative schools and teachers to expand the boundaries of possibility for global education programming, an intellectually curious and well-informed group of young men and women rendezvoused at the Anacostia Metro station. We then proceeded to review a number of murals before entering the boundaries of the Historic Anacostia replete with a variety of Frederick Douglass-themed murals.

Special thanks to the students and teachers of the Head-Royce School, Envoys program leaders and local community leaders within Anacostia who took time to offer their welcome and hospitality.


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Students examine an 1880 letter Frederick Douglass wrote in support of his friend Henry Griswold, a local real estate developer in Old Anacostia.


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Students view mural of Frederick Douglass and President Lincoln around the corner from the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site.


 

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Students from Oakland, California and their chaperones stand outside a mural of Frederick Douglass in Old Anacostia outside of D.C. Market.


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Following the tour students shared a meal and discussion at the new Busboys and Poets around the corner from the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site.

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Vivid mural of Frederick Douglass in East New Market, Maryland by Michael Rosato one of the most unique Douglass murals anywhere

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All photos by Honorable William Alston-El. Copyright strictly enforced online and offline.


On my first visit to East New Market, Maryland, a community founded in the 1600s, I noticed a startling sight … a vivid mural of Dr. Frederick Douglass arriving in town, apparently alighting from either a carriage or train with a bag clutched in his right hand and a walking cane in his left.

As I’ve slowly documented Douglass murals in Washington City, Baltimore and Rochester over the past year or so I was struck by this mural for its crispness and unique street scene setting.

Most Douglass murals have a singular portrait focus, with an occasional accompanying of Cedar Hill or other accompanying portraits.

This Douglass mural by Cambridge, Maryland-based Michael Rosato I dare say rivals Aniekan Udofia’s stately and honorific mural of Dr. Douglass at the corner of 16th & W Street SE in Old Anacostia.

I do not know Mr. Rosato but in exploring the Eastern Shore in recent months I have come to recognize and deeply respect his artwork.

Thank you East New Market and Mr. Rosato for this wonderful Douglass mural, one of the most distinctive and respectful I have seen anywhere.

JM


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Mural in Brockport, New York includes radical educator Fannie Barrier Williams, associate of Dr. Douglass and Douglass family

Portraits of Our Past Mural _ Brockport, NY _ Pan


Portraits of Our Past Mural _ Brockport, NY _ Bios

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LOOK! Douglassonian Muralist Shawn Dunwoody debuts distinctive Dr. Frederick Douglass stomping in his Air Force Ones, the standard uniform of Eastern Shoremen

Tarence Bailey in Rochester _ 900 South Avenue w new FD mural (June 2018)

Tarence Bailey, Sr. (U.S. Army, Ret.) and his great-uncle Dr. Frederick (Bailey) Douglass fashion the standard uniform of contemporary Eastern Shoremen … Air Force Ones.

Last weekend in Rochester, New York on the ground once the homestead of the Anna & Frederick Douglass family indigenous Douglassonian and polymath Shawn Dunwoody, with helping hands from local students and community volunteers, created the most distinctive and modern Frederick Douglass murals in the known world.

Deviating from traditional form and fashion, Dunwoody has enlivened Dr. Douglass and brought him to life anew with two works unlike any comparable murals.

While in Rochester to connect with family and participate in ceremonies Tarence Bailey visited the 900 block of South Avenue in the Highland Park neighborhood of Rochester. It was here the former Douglass homestead stood.

Now the site serves as the campus of the Frederick Douglass Community Library, School No. 12 and the Frederick Douglass Recreation Center

I am familiar with murals in my areas and have studied Prof. Zoe Trodd’s expansive documentation of Douglass murals internationally. Dunwoody’s works are some of my personal favorites and will be included in the Frederick Douglass Mural exhibit planned for this fall.

To be continued …

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LOOK! Douglassonian Muralist Shawn Dunwoody debuts distinctive Dr. Frederick Douglass, Editor Emeritus of Radical Journalists, “Each One … Teach One!”

FredDouglass mural - North Star _ 900 South Avenue in Rochester

Mural = Shawn Dunwoody (Photograph Tarence Bailey)

This past weekend in Rochester, New York on the ground once the homestead of the Anna & Frederick Douglass family indigenous Douglassonian and polymath Shawn Dunwoody, with helping hands from local students and community volunteers, created the most distinctive and modern Frederick Douglass murals in the known world.

Deviating from traditional form, Dunwoody has enlivened Dr. Douglass and brought him to life anew.

I am familiar with murals in my areas and have studied Prof. Zoe Trodd’s expansive documentation of Douglass murals internationally.

In my estimation, this mural is most revolutionary in its presentation of Dr. Frederick (Bailey) Douglass as Editor Emeritus of Radical Journalists.

Therefore it is my personal favorite.

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Electric box portraits of Frederick Douglass & Harriet Tubman in Baltimore, Maryland [300 block of North Howard Street]

Bawlmore and Bodymore is replete with powerful public art murals throughout the Southwest, Eastside and Westside.

Beyond the periphery of downtown, around the corner from the Maryland Historical Society, along a largely abondonded commercial strip of North Howard Street there is an electrix box with Dr. Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman on alternate sides.

We will include these images in our planned Douglass in Murals Exhibit.

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FD Murals _ North Howard St_LightRail_FD on Electric Box

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FD Murals _ North Howard St_LightRail_HarrietTubman on Electric Box

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315 North Howard Street _ June 2018 _ FD Murals

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311 North Howard Street _ June 2018 _ FD Murals

Photo William Alston-El

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