Frederick Douglass Day 2020

Frederick Douglass Day 2020 will be Saturday, September 26, 2020 in Easton, MD.
The virtual event will be here and on the Frederick Douglass Day Facebook page.

Videos and links will also be posted below at the times listed. Please refresh your browser to see the videos as they are updated.

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Be sure to specify the Frederick Douglass Honor Society or just type FDHS.


10 am
Frederick Douglass Welcome Ceremony

Our Welcome Ceremony features Emcee Harriette Lowery,

Invocation by Reverend Dr. William T. Wallace,

Music by Terron Quailes, Students from Easton High & Middle Schools and St. Michaels High School students, and the U.S. Navy Band,

Reading by William Peak

Self-Made Men Speech delivered by Terron Quailes 

Comments by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan,
Talbot County Council President Corey Pack,
Mayor Robert Willey,
Talbot County Free Library Director Dana Newman,
Superintendent of Talbot County Public Schools Dr. Kelly Griffith.


11 am
Unveiling of Frederick Douglass portrait by award-winning
professional portrait & landscape artist Laura Era, owner of the prestigious Troika Gallery in Easton, MD








11 am
Families are welcome to the Children’s Village. Offering a variety of learning and challenging experiences, fun activities, prizes and giveaways. Virtual guests will find free coloring books, a map game with prizes (Zoom backgrounds and memes), and a Frederick Douglass story ready by St. Michaels Library Branch Manager Shauna Beulah.




11:30 am
Around the World with Frederick Douglass

Brings together scholars, curators, authors, and top leaders including Dr David Blight, Celeste-Marie Bernier, Kenneth B. Morris Jr, Dr Sarah Meer, Dr Fionnghuala Sweeney, Dr Spencer Crew, Fred Morsell, David Anderson, Lee Blake, Richard Tilghman, Carlene Phoenix, Pete Lesher and others. This 90 minute film connects Talbot County with Scotland, Ireland, England, New York, Washington, D.C., and many other places as speakers share the life and legacy of Frederick Douglass.



We hope you enjoyed Around the World with Frederick Douglass. For related videos and links please scroll down the page.


1 pm

Picturing Frederick Douglass with Professor John Stauffer

Frederick Douglass Lecture by Professor John Stauffer, a leading authority on antislavery,
the Civil War, social protest movements, and photography.



Q & A with Professor John Stauffer and Keidrick Roy -
recorded from the Frederick Douglass Day Facebook page.



If you would like to purchase an autographed copy of Picturing Frederick Douglass
you can order one from The Flying Cloud bookstore at
26 West Dover Street in Easton, MD.
Ask them to put in one of the autographed bookplates
that John Stauffer signed for Frederick Douglass Day.

John Stauffer is a leading authority on antislavery, the Civil War era, social protest movements and photography. He is a Harvard University professor of English and American Literature, American Studies and African American Studies. His 19 books include The Black Hearts of Men: Radical Abolitionists and the Transformation of Race (2002), Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln (2008), and The Battle Hymn of the Republic: A Biography of the Song That Marches On (2013). Two of his books were national bestsellers and several have won numerous awards. He is currently working on a biography of Charles Sumner. He is the author of more than 50 academic articles and his essays have also appeared in Time, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New Republicand the Washington Post, among other places. He is the editor of 21st Editions, has served as a consultant for the traveling exhibition War/Photography, and has co-curated an exhibition on Douglass and Melville at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. He also has advised three award-winning documentaries, and has been a consultant for feature films including Django Unchained (2012) and the Free State of Jones (2016). He has held the Ruth Garvey Cochener Fink Visiting Professorship in Leadership at Washburn University, a Massachusetts Historical Society Fellowship and a Gilder Lehrman Institute Fellowship, served as a Bancroft Prize Juror, and received Purdue University's Distinguished Alumni Award. He has appeared on national radio and television and has lectured widely throughout the United States, Asia and Europe, including for the State Department's International Information Program.

John received his PhD from Yale in 1999 and won the Ralph Henry Gabriel Prize for the best dissertation in American Studies. He began teaching at Harvard that year and was tenured in 2004. He teaches courses on protest literature, Emancipation, southern literature, Douglass and Lincoln, the Civil War, autobiography, the nineteenth-century novel and historical fiction. In 2009 Harvard named him the Walter Channing Cabot Fellow for "achievements and scholarly eminence in the fields of literature, history or art." He has received two teaching awards from Harvard: the Everett Mendelsohn Excellence in Mentoring Award and the Jan Thaddeus Teaching Prize. He served as Chair of American Studies at Harvard from 2006-2012. John came to Yale and Harvard from an unlikely and circuitous route. He was raised in Iowa, Nebraska, and North Dakota and educated in public schools. After receiving a BSE in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University and working briefly in finance, he received an MA in Humanities from Wesleyan University and an MA in American Studies from Purdue University before pursuing his PhD. He lives in Cambridge with his wife, Deborah Cunningham, and their sons Erik and Nicholas.


Keidrick Roy is a PhD Candidate in American Studies at Harvard University. His work examines the intersection of race, religion, and political philosophy in transatlantic intellectual history since the mid-eighteenth century. In particular, he investigates how African-American literary and cultural productions from the American revolutionary period to the present day mediate, complicate, and extend the plurality of European Enlightenment philosophical traditions. His public humanities scholarship has been featured by CBS Sunday Morning, the Harvard Gazette, and the Christian Science Monitor.

In 2018 Keidrick co-curated an exhibit on the postbellum writings of Frederick Douglass for the American Writers Museum in Chicago, and he is currently working on an exhibition for the Houghton Library at Harvard University entitled "Reframing the Racial State," which will debut in 2021. A former military nuclear operations officer and award-winning Instructor of English at the United States Air Force Academy, Keidrick has received research support from the Ford Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Pat Tillman Foundation, and Harvard's Center for American Political Studies. 

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6:30 pm

The Frederick Douglass Honor Society of Talbot County presents
The Moment Was Now

Conceived and created by Gene Bruskin The Moment Was Now film will be
live streamed at 6:30 pm, September 26,2020,


The Moment Was Now musical premiered on film after 2 successful runs
on stage in Baltimore. Conceived and created by Gene Bruskin in collaboration with
Darryl! LC Moch, Director; Glenn Pearson, Musical Director;
and Chester Burke, Jr., Assistant Musical Director

The Moment Was Now takes place in 1869 during Reconstruction in
post-civil war Baltimore, a turning point in U.S. history when America
‘almost did the right thing.’ Contemporary themes of racial and economic justice
and women’s rights reverberate throughout the musical at a meeting
convened by Frederick Douglass. Hope hangs in the balance
(1 hour 50 minutes)

Find out more about the production at:





Additional Frederick Douglass Day Videos and Links

The New Bedford Historical Society has graciously provided our viewers with a virtual tour of the Nathan and Mary Johnson House. Nathan Johnson, one of New Bedford’s most active abolitionists, not only gave Frederick Augustus Washington refuge in his home at 21 Seventh Street, he also suggested the name by which the great orator would forever be known. Frederick and Anna Douglass spent six years in the house as he began his journey to becoming one of our country’s greatest abolitionists and advocate for human freedom and equality. Link is available at

Take a virtual tour of the Douglasses’ family home in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, 26, 2020. The tour is made possible by the National Parks Service and filmed C-Span. The video showcases the property Douglass purchased in 1878 for $6,000. Douglass and his first wife Anna Murray named their 20-room Victorian home Cedar Hill.

In David Blight’s biography of Frederick Douglass, Prophet of Freedom, he called lynching “the final cause of his life.” Douglass “believed that lynching constituted the political silencing of black people”. Kirkland Hall, Commissioner on the Maryland Lynching Truth Reconciliation Commission, formed by Maryland State Legislature in 2019, shared some of the history of lynching in Maryland in our film Around the World with Frederick Douglass.
To find out more about the Mayland Lynching Truth Reconciliation Commission, visit:

Talbot County Economic Development and Tourism has put up two websites. One celebrates Frederick Douglass with information of his birthplace as well as driving tours based on different periods of his life. The link is:
They have also created a website for The Hill comunity as talked about by Carlene Phoenix in Around the World with Frederick Douglass. It can be found here:

The Talbot County has dedicated a new park, Frederick Douglass Park on the Tuckahoe. The Talbot Spy recently covered the openning ceremony here and here. They also recently published a feature about Frederick Douglass' summer home in Highland Beach, MD.




Frederick Douglass Day 2020 Committee:

Childlene Brooks, Frederick Douglass Day Chair 
Brenda Wooden, Treasurer
Paulette Brooks, Facebook Manager
Elizabeth North, Children's Village Chair
Debbi Dodson, PR/Marketing Chair, Virtual Event Director 
Timothy Young, Graphic Designer & Virtual Event Producer

Janet Adams
Shauna Beulah
Clairdean Black
Walter Black
Niambi Davis
Yvonne Freeman
Carolyn Hayman
Kirk Howie
Walter Johnson
Denice Lombard  
Harriette Lowery
Lois McCoy
Dana Newman
William Peak
Edward Boots Robinson
Lamont Thompson
Mayor Robert Willey
Jeannie Whitesell
Vickie Wilson

Children's Village Volunteers:

Christina Drostin
Tom Fisher
David Klevan
Bruna Sobrinho
Lamont Thompson
Lisa Ziegler

Photographers for Children’s Village

Charlotte Cluverius
David Klevan
Katie Martin
Elizabeth North
Ed Tatko



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