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Frederick Douglass Presentation and Walking Tours
March 28 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Continuing an ongoing series of historic presentations and walking tours, Washington, D.C.-based historian John Muller, author of Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia (The History Press, 2012) will return to the Shore in March to lead thematic-walking tours in Denton and St. Michaels, and debut a new presentation on the lost history of Frederick Douglass and the Irish. Presentation and walking tours are free for local students, with the company of an adult.
For more information call 202-236-3413 or search eventbrite.com. Tickets can be secured in advance online or purchased the day of the tour.
Underground Railroad, Civil War and Reconstruction in Caroline County Walking Tour
Saturday, March 28 • Noon-2 p.m.
Wharves of Choptank Visitor & Heritage Center, 3 Crouse Park Lane, Denton
Learn the stories beyond Harriet Tubman and Dr. Frederick (Bailey) Douglass with a discussion of the lost Shore history of the establishment and growth of Black Methodism, development of the Underground Railroad, President Abraham Lincoln’s heavy hand, formation of the 7th United States Colored Infantry Regiment and administration of the Freedmen’s Bureau and the 1883 visit of Frederick Douglass to Denton. Cost is $12.50 and $10 for veterans, first responders, educators and watermen.
Frederick Douglass and the Irish: A Presentation
Saturday, March 28 • 6-8 p.m.
Market Street Public House, 200 Market Street, Denton
Learn and discuss the history of the friendship and brotherhood of Frederick Douglass and the Irish across generations and geography. Hear stories and anecdotes about the friendship of Frederick Bailey and young Irish boys who initiated the enslaved adolescent from the Eastern Shore into the Point Boys, a street gang reminiscent of the Little Rascals. This alliance of brotherhood was carried across the Atlantic Ocean where the fugitive Frederick toured the towns and cities of Ireland, meeting and sharing the stage with Daniel O’Connell, known as The Liberator.
Following the United States Civil War, Frederick used the pages of his newspaper in Washington City to advocate “Irish Independence” from the crown. During his tenure as United States Marshal of the District of Columbia, Frederick Douglass worked closely with Metropolitan Police Department Superintendent Almarin C. Richards. Together they kept law and order in D.C. while attending and speaking at events benefiting local, national and international philanthropic events for the Irish. Cost is $15 and $10 for veterans, first responders, educators and watermen.
Frederick (Bailey) Douglass in Saint Michaels Walking Tour
Sunday, March 29 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.
St. Michaels Museum, 201 East Chestnut Street, St. Michaels
Learn about the history of Methodism on the Eastern Shore, the Freedmen’s Bureau in Talbot County and modern efforts to preserve the local legacy and heritage of Frederick Douglass and his family in St. Michaels. Tour will include discussion of the lasting relationships of town residents and families to Dr. Douglass, including groundbreaking research on the lost history of students from Saint Michaels who attended Howard University while Frederick served on the institution’s board. Cost is $18 and $12.50 for veterans, first responders, educators and watermen.