From Frederick Douglass's birthplace on the Eastern Shore, his sister's home in St. Michaels', the Maryland State House and Banneker-Douglass Museum in Annapolis, and the Hornbake Library in College Park to Morgan State University and Douglass Row, Fells Point, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum and President Street Station in Baltimore, Mr. Douglass left his footprints around our state.
Following the footsteps of Frederick Douglass is a great lesson in history and a great way to teach your kids about the accomplishments of this great man. Spend a weekend and take advantage of the driving tour offered by the Maryland Office of Tourism.
Some facts about Frederick Douglass. Give yourself a point for every one you already knew!
__ Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey was born in February 1818, into slavery. He never knew his real birthdate so he chose February 14 and later changed his name to Frederick Douglass.
__ He was taken from his mother at age six, given as a "gift" to a man in Baltimore at age eight and made a first attempt at escape at 18. He was briefly in jail for it.
__ He taught himself to read, later, at age 15, founded a Sunday School and taught his students to read.
__ He learned the trade of caulking ships in Baltimore, where he met Anna Murray, an abolitionist who became his wife and partner in his lifelong crusade for equality.
__ On September 3, 1838, he finally escaped by train to the North, fled to England in 1845, where admirers there finally paid 150 pounds sterling ($711.66 in US$) for his freedom on December 12, 1846.
__ In 1874, in the Old Senate Chamber in Annapolis, recited from memory the speech by George Washington's resigning his commission, which is pictured in the painting there.
__ In 1877, President Benjamin Harrison nominates Douglass as a U.S. Marshall in the District of Columbia.
__ In 1889, he was appointed Charge' d'Affaires for Santo Domingo as well as Minister to Haiti, from which he resigned two years later in protest of the U.S. State Department and U.S. business manuvering to acquire land there.
__ After years of writing, speaking, teaching and achievement, Frederick Douglass dies in 1895.
"A smile or a tear has not nationality; joy and sorry speak alike to all nations, and they, above all the confusion of tongues, proclaim the brotherhood of man." Frederick Douglass