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Bicentennial of Frederick Douglass' Birth Events

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National Great Black in Wax Museum

Janurary 1 - December 31
Lectures, Panel Discussions, Seminars, Workshops: Happy Birthday Frederick Douglass! will consist of a year-long commemoration of the 200th birthday of Frederick Douglass. 2018 events will include: The unveiling of a new wax figure of Frederick Douglass; a book signing of the new Frederick Douglass biography penned by Kenneth B. Morris, the great great grandson of Frederick Douglass.


200th Anniversary Celebration - Frederick Douglass Day @ the Lewis

February 10 | Noon - 4 p.m. | Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St.
Celebrate the 200th birthday of Maryland abolitionist Frederick Douglass at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum with an array of activities honoring this iconic statesman. John Stauffer, a professor of English and African and African American Studies at Harvard University will present a lecture on Frederick Douglass’ America. Other activities will include readings of Douglass’s speeches by living history re-enactors and a children’s art and story hour with illustrator London Ladd on his recent book, Frederick's Journey: The Life of Frederick Douglass.

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A Shakespeare Connection: Frederick Douglass, Ira Aldridge, and Othello

February 13 | 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. | Chesapeake Shakespeare Company
February’s monthly lunchtime open house in downtown's landmark Chesapeake Shakespeare theatre commemorates the 200th anniversary of Frederick Douglass' birth. Did you know that Douglass participated in a Shakespeare reading club? He sometimes quoted from Othello in his own writing. Admission is free for our drop-in, casual open house. Bring your lunch. Concessions will be open, selling beverages and snacks.

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Baltimore’s Legends & Legacies Jubilee

February 17 | Noon-4 p.m. | Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park
In celebration of Black History Month, Visit Baltimore and GreiBo Entertainment will present an afternoon of free, interactive and family-friendly activities from the city’s top attractions to celebrate Baltimore’s rich African American heritage and culture, while encouraging inclusivity and community engagement.

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Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Book Fair

February 24 | 12-4 p.m. | Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Museum & Park
the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Literary Forum & Book Fair will be held at the Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Museum & Park. Featuring authors, publishers, publicists, literary agents, vendors, exhibitors, spoken word artists, performers. Children books, Christian books, poetry, inspirational, educational, historical and other positive literary works. Free and open to the public. RSVP: [email protected].

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Frederick Douglass Week Tours

Throught September 3, 2018
Join BBH Tours to celebrate the life of abolitionist Frederick Douglass with lectures, re-enactments, tours and discussions. Contact Contact Lou Fields, 443-983-7974 or [email protected].


"Purchased Lives" The Interstate Slave Trade, 1808-1865"

July 6 - September 3, 2018 | Homewood Museum
Purchased Lives: The Interstate Slave Trade, 1808-1865, on loan to Homewood Museum from the Historic New Orleans Collection, June-July 2018.

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