Sponsorship Opportunity

Dear Friends,

    On Sunday, May 21, 2023, from 1 – 3 p.m., the Frederick Douglass Honor Society will host a fundraiser at the Wye House to benefit the Frederick Douglass Scholarship Fund.

    This event provides a rare opportunity to visit the Wye House property and hear renowned scholars discuss the Great Orator’s life and teachings. We invite you to attend, and we encourage you to participate in this important community event as a sponsor of the Frederick Douglass Honor Society’s Scholarship Fund.

    The Society’s first goal is to provide scholarship money to worthy local students to help bear the burden of their college costs. We will mentor our grantees, follow their progress, and connect them with alumni for moral support, internships, and motivation.

    The Society’s second goal is to celebrate our most famous native son and, in the process, educate, reconcile, heal, and nourish our community with Frederick Douglass’s story. Frederick Douglass believed that an integrated and universal education encourages forms of responsibility that are essential to civil life and conscientious behavior. He said, “Education means emancipation. It means light and liberty. It means the uplifting of the soul of man into the glorious light of truth, the light by which men can only be free.”

    When Douglass, as an enslaved child in Baltimore, came to understand the power of knowledge, he began trading his bread and sweets to young school children in return for their help in learning how to read and write. Let’s carry on his love of learning by helping to send our Talbot County students to college.

    “One by one I have seen obstacles removed, errors corrected, prejudices softened, proscriptions relinquished, and my people advance in all the elements that go to make up the sum of the general welfare. And I remember that God reigns in eternity and whatever delays, whatever disappointments and discouragement may come, truth, justice, liberty, and humanity will ultimately prevail.” – Frederick Douglass

    From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for your help in forwarding the legacy of Frederick Douglass.

                                   Brenda Wooden                   Richard Marks                  Mary C. Tydings
                                   President, FDHS                  Event Co-Chair                 Event Co-Chair

Abolitionist: $5,000 (Includes eight event tickets)

North Star Journalist: $2,500 (Includes four event tickets)

Ambassador: $1,000 (Includes two event tickets)

Living His Legacy: $500 (Includes one event ticket)

All sponsors will be appropriately acknowledged in the program. Sponsor levels $1,000 or higher will receive a signed copy of Bear Me into Freedom: Frederick Douglass of Talbot County and a black and white limited edition 11” x 22” photographic print signed by author/photographer Jeffrey C. McGuiness. Click here or on the photos on this page to view the prints in a larger size and high resolution format to help you decide which one to chose as part of your sponsorship package.

To become a sponsor, click the button below. You will be taken to the MidShore Community Foundation's donation page. Enter the amount of your sponsorship in the fields, please make sure to specify FDHS in step 4. We will be in touch with you afterwards with your tickets and details.

Bear Me Into Freedom

Join us outside at Wye House. The event includes hors d'oeuvres, live music, a book signing, and a roundtable discussion with special guests: 

• Celeste-Marie Bernier - Frederick Douglass Scholar, Chair of United States and Atlantic Studies at the University of Edinburgh and author of 85 books, essays, and digital educational resources

• Bill E. Lawson, Frederick Douglass Scholar, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, University of Memphis

• Kim F. Hall, Lucyle Hook Professor of English and African Studies, Barnard College

• Kenneth B. Morris, Jr., Co-Founder and President of the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives and great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass and great-great grandson of Booker T. Washington

Meet Jeffrey C. McGuiness, Photographer and author of Bear Me into Freedom: Frederick Douglass of Talbot County, in the Wye House Orangery, believed to be the oldest intact Orangery in the nation. Signed copies of his book and a selection of photographic prints featured in his book will be available for purchase. All proceeds benefit the Frederick Douglass Honor Society Fund.



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