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Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine Commemorates July 4th With a Special Presentation by “Frederick Douglass!”

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July 04, 2016

On Monday, July 4th visit Fort McHenry to relive the true meaning of Independence Day with special presentations of Frederick Douglass at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.! Michael Crutcher, noted actor, and famous for his accurate portrayal and scholarship of Frederick Douglass will deliver Douglass' famous speech "The Meaning of July 4th for the Negro." Originally given in Rochester, New York on July 5, 1852, it challenges Americans to deliver on the promise of the Declaration of Independence that states that "all men are created equal" and with Douglass' words to end the institution of slavery in America.

Crutcher, dressed as Frederick Douglass, will stand atop a platform festooned with red, white and blue bunting, with living historians dressed in top hats and period hoop skirts join today's modern visitors as the audience.

Following the speech, visitors will be invited to a lively question and answer session with Crutcher and NPS staff about what "The Star-Spangled Banner" meant to Frederick Douglass and to Americans today.

 Held inside the historic Star Fort. Entrance fee, per adult $10. (15 years and under are free).

Event Details

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  • Black History
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General Information
  • Admission: Held inside the historic Star Fort. Entrance fee, per adult $10. (15 years and under are free).

Contact

Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine
2400 East Fort Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21230
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Phone:
410-962-4290
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