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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.


Frederick Douglass at 200


February 7 | 6:30 p.m. | Maryland Historical Society
Noted scholar and professor of history at Yale University, David Blight, Ph.D., will bring his expertise to discuss importance of Frederick Douglass's life and thought as part of our recognition of Black History month at the Maryland Historical Society.

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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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Happy Birthday Frederick Douglass

February 15 - March 2 | Johns Hopkins University
This small exhibition of some of Douglass's many publications--including two of his memoirs, an 1851 newspaper, and signature speeches printed as pamphlets--shows the depth and range of Douglass' intellectual brand of activism. Special Collections Reading Room, Brody Learning Commons M-Level, Homewood campus, Johns Hopkins University


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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Meet Frederick Douglass During the Civil War


February 17 - April 18 | 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Baltimore Civil War Museum
Steve Cole aka Frederick Douglass will Greet Visitors at 12:00 Noon about the USCT Volunteers and the Civil War at the Frederick Douglass - Isaac Myers Museum for the Frederick Douglass Jubilee February 17, 2018. Also Mr. Cole will reappear Saturday April 14, 2018 at the Baltimore Civil War Museum from 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

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Frederick Douglass Visitor Center Exhibit

February 1 - 28 | Baltimore Visitor Center
Baltimore celebrates the 200th birthday of Frederick Douglass this year. The celebration will commence with a major kick-off at Baltimore’s City Hall on February 1st at noon. In honor of the Great orator, abolitionist and women’s suffrage advocate, the Baltimore National Heritage Area installed an exhibit at the Baltimore Visitor Center to commemorate Black History month and Frederick Douglass’ life as a native Marylander. The centerpiece of the exhibit is a reproduction of an oil pastel mural created in collaboration in 2016 by Baltimore City Public School - Highlandtown Elementary/Middle #215, 6th and 7th graders.


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


Through 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.


Spend a Day With Fredrick Douglass

April 4 | 11 a.m. | Baltimore Civil War Museum
Spend a Day with Actor / Impersonator Steve Cole aka Frederick Douglass who will be Performing the November 1864 Speech "A Friendly Word To Maryland" at 11:00 AM . Steve Cole is expert in the field of portraying Frederick Douglass.
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