Frederick Douglass Day was held on Sept 23, 2023


Due to foul weather the Frederick Douglass Day Parade was cancelled.


Welcome Ceremony - 10:30am
was held at the Talbot County Free Library

Mistress of Ceremonies Autumn Redman
Invocation by The Reverend Keith Beckett, New St. John’s United Methodist Church
Presentation of Colors by Easton High School NJROTC
Pledge of Allegiance led by BAAM (Building African American Minds)
Music Provided by Hip Hop Artist Baba Bomani
Frederick Douglass Recitation by Devon Beck, Facilitator of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Talbot County Board of Education
Speakers include: Childlene Brooks, Vice-President, Frederick Douglass Honor Society,
Annie Mewborn, Assistant Principal – Easton Elementary School,
Mayor Megan J. McLennan Cook, Town of Easton
Keasha Haythe, Talbot County Council
Dana Newman, Director, Talbot County Free Library,
Sharon Pepukayi, Ed.D., Superintendent of Talbot County Public Schools.


Children's Village - 11am to 3pm

Children received a free "Frederick Douglass In His Own Words" coloring book when visiting the Children’s Village. The Village was located in the Children's Library in the Talbot County Free Library and featured a variety of hands-on fun and visual experiences. Children and family members were inspired to explore history, activate their creativity, and reap rewards (prizes) for learning about Frederick Douglass. The Village experiences included free games, balloons, bubbles, coloring, face painting, stickers, and a photograph opportunity next to Frederick Douglass. Children always learn with ease when they are having fun.


TCFL Frederick Douglass Room - 11am to 3pm

Featuring Frederick Douglass artifacts, Frederick Douglass paintings by artist and teacher Laura Era, owner of Troika Gallery, readings by Shauna Beulah, Frederick Douglass video, and Douglass panels by Celeste-Marie Bernier. (Talbot County Free Library)


The Marketplace was cancelled due to the weather.

Book Signings

Dr. Robert Levine, author of The Failed Promise: Reconstruction, Frederick Douglass, and the Impeachment of Andrew Johnson, signed his books at Flying Cloud Booksellers.

Author/Photographer Jeff McGuiness signed copies of his book Bear Me into Freedom: The Talbot County of Frederick Douglass at Vintage Books & Fine Arts.





Geocaching - 12 Noon

Pickup your passport with map and instructions and learn about the new Frederick Douglass Geocaching Trail created by Autumn Redman and Girl Scouts #1308. Find out about his life in Talbot County and collect a commemorative coin and photograph at the end of the trail. (Talbot County Free Library)






Keynote Speaker - 1 pm

Dr. Derrick R. Spires is a John and Patricia Cochran Scholar of Inclusive Excellence and Associate Professor of English at the University of Delaware, where he specializes in early Black print, culture, citizenship, and African American intellectual history. This year he is serving as a Just Transformations Mellon Colored Conventions Project Senior Research Fellow at Penn State’s Center for Black Digital Research. His first book, The Practice of Citizenship: Black Politics and Print Culture in the Early United States (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019), traces how Black writers articulated an expansive, practice-based theory of citizenship through a robust print culture, including Black newspapers, the Colored Conventions movement, and other ephemera.


Entertainment Stage
- to begin at 12:00 at the Avalon Theatre

12 noon - Easton Middle School and Easton High School Bands.

12:30 - Covenant Choir

12:45 - Randall Butler

1:00 - Baba Bomani



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The Town of Easton
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Cathy and Tom Hill
Mr. George Holzer
Richard Marks & Amy Haines
Mr. Christopher Regaux
Mr. James S. Reed
William F. Ryan & Dr. Joan Richtsmeir
Shore United Bank
Dr. Eva Smorzaniuk
Stagwell Farm
Richard C. and Beverly W. Tilghman
Trinity Cathedral
Mr. & Mr. William R. U’Ren
Robert and Cecilia VanStrum Foundation
Watts Landing & Industrial Park
Vickie Wilson
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Frederick Douglass Day 2023 Committee:

Brenda Wooden, Frederick Douglass Day Chair
Clairdean Black, Treasurer
Elizabeth North, Children’s Village Chair
Vickie Wilson and Jeannie Whitesell, Parade Co-Chairs
Carolyn Hayman and Vickie Wilson, Entertainment Co-Chairs
Debbi Dodson, PR/Marketing Chair, Event Planner
Timothy Young, Graphic Designer & Virtual Producer
Childlene Brooks, Clairdean Black, Bill Peak: Vendor Committee
Gelson Brooks, Photographer
Shauna Beulah Devon Beck Walter Black Yvonne Freeman
Anna Howie Kirk Howie Harriette Lowery Dana Newman
Autumn Redman Edward Boots Robinson Robin Stricoff
Lamont Thompson Mayor Megan Cook Annie Mewborn













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