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Frederick Douglass
Rising above his humble beginnings in slavery on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Frederick Douglass learned to read and write and then escaped from bondage, while working in Baltimore’s shipyards. Using his acute acumen and incisive writing and oratory skills, he became a leader of the abolitionist movement, a social reformer and statesman. Follow in his footsteps and be inspired by his legacy.

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Central Maryland

The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum
The nation's first black history wax museum displays more than 100 life-size wax figures in dramatic historical scenes.
1601-03 E North Ave 
Baltimore, Maryland 21213  
410-563-3404
http://www.greatblacksinwax.org

Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture
Discover the stories of Josiah Henson, Maria Weems, Thomas Smallwood and others who escaped slavery. Explore the museum's interactive display about the choices, challenges and consequences faced by freedom seekers. This premiere facility celebrates more than 350 years of Maryland African-American history and culture through three exhibit galleries. This museum is an official program in the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.
830 E. Pratt St.
Baltimore Maryland 21202 
410-263-1800
http://www.AfricanAmericanCulture.org

Banneker-Douglass Museum
"The Banneker-Douglass Museum is the official repository of African-American history and culture for the state of Maryland, and is housed within the former Mount Moriah African Methodist Episcopal Church, built in 1874. The museum annually sponsors and hosts a variety of preservation, arts, and cultural lectures, workshops, performances, and other programs. This museum is an official program in the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. "
84 Franklin St
Annapolis, Maryland 21401 
410-216-6180
http://www.bdmuseum.com

Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park
Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park highlights African-American maritime history. The park chronicles the saga of Frederick Douglass’ life in Baltimore as an enslaved child and young man who gained his freedom. It also explores the life of Isaac Myers, a free born African American who became a national leader. Learn about the founding of the Chesapeake Marine Railway and Dry Dock Company and the establishment of the African American Community in Baltimore during the 1800’s.
1417 Thames Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21231  
410-685-0295 ext. 252
http://www.douglassmyers.org

Baltimore Civil War Museum - President Street Station
Located in the historic President Street Station (c. 1849), the museum tells the stories of Baltimore's role in the Underground Railroad, the Civil War and Maryland's railroad history. This station was part of the Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore Railroad and became part of an ambitious Underground Railroad network with activists in Baltimore, Wilmington, Philadelphia and beyond who secured passage for freedom seekers. Like Frederick Douglass, many carried forged freedom passes, or like Harriet Eglin, wore disguises. Visit the exhibits housed in the train depot, and learn about freedom seekers who rode the train. The station is an official site in the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.
601 President St.
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
410-385-5188
http://www.mdhs.org

President Street Station
This station was part of the Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Baltimore Railroad and became part of an ambitious Underground Railroad network with activists in Baltimore, Wilmington, Philadelphia and beyond who secured passage for freedom seekers. Like Frederick Douglass many carried forged freedom passes, or like Harriet Eglin, wore disguises. Visit the exhibits housed in the train depot, and learn about freedom seekers who rode the train. Open by appointment. The railroad station is an official site in the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.
601 President Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
410-461-9377
http://www.angelfire.com/biz/presidentststation/

Frederick Douglass Freedom and Heritage Trail and Tour
Walk through historic Fells Point in Baltimore and see Underground Railroad stations, locations associated with Baltimore abolitionists and sites of resistance. Stop at the places where Frederick Douglass lived, worked, worshipped, and learned how to read, and where he later returned to build five historic townhouses. Admission. The program is an official member of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.
P.O. Box 3014
Baltimore, Maryland  21229
410-783-5469 

Eastern Shore

Frederick Douglass Marker
Frederick Douglass was born in 1818 on a farm that is now Tappers Corner in Hillsboro, Talbot County. There is a marker there honoring his memory.
Matthewstown Rd, near Tuckahoe River Bridge 
Easton, Maryland
21601
410-770-8000
http://www.tourtalbot.org

Frederick Douglass Museum and Cultural Center "Twin Oaks"
The Frederick Douglass Museum and Cultural Center is housed in "Twin Oaks", the summer cottage built in 1895 for Frederick Douglass. The center preserves, documents and displays resources about Douglass’ family and the community history of Highland Beach and Venice Beach. Tours are available by appointment.
3200 Wayman Ave
Highland Beach, Maryland 21403
410-268-2956
http://highlandbeachmd.org/

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
The museum houses extensive maritime exhibits, along with a small, white clapboard house that was once the home of Peter Mitchell, a free black man married to Eliza Bailey, sister of Frederick Douglass. One of their sons worked as a bay waterman in the 19th century. The site provides a view of the lifestyles of middle class free African-Americans in the 19th century.
Navy Point
St. Michael's, Maryland 21663
410-745-2916
http://www.cbmm.org

Historical Society of Talbot County
The historical society museum features profiles on important African-Americans from Talbot County. The campus includes an antiques shop, three historic homes and a museum.
25 S. Washington St.
Easton, Maryland 21601
410-822-0773
http://www.hstc.org

Frederick Douglass Driving Tour of Talbot County
Frederick Douglass was born into slavery in Talbot County. He later escaped and became one of the leading Americans in the Abolition Movement. His eloquent words inspired many whites to work on the Underground Railroad. This self-guided driving tour of Talbot County gives the visitor an overview of Frederick Douglass' early life at 14 sites. It was here that he learned what it meant to be a slave and that it was possible to escape. Information and self-guided driving brochure available from the Historical Society of Talbot County. The driving tour is an official program in the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.
25 South Washington Street
Easton, Maryland  21601
410-822-0773
http://www.hstc.org/toursandmuseum.htm

 

Frederick Douglass Statue
A statue of Frederick Douglass graces the grounds of the Talbot County Courthouse. Douglass was born into slavery in Talbot County on Maryland's Eastern Shore around 1817 or 1818. He went on to become an author, speaker, abolitionist and supporter of women's rights. The courthouse location is particularly important to supporters, because Douglass delivered his "Self-Made Men" speech at the courthouse in 1878. The statue, created by Jay Hall Carpenter, depicts Douglass at podium delivering that speech.
11 N Washington Street
Easton, Maryland  21601
410-770-8001

Capital Region

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
Walk the halls of Cedar Hill, home of the famous abolitionist, Frederick Douglass. The visitor center with a film and grounds are open year-round. Ticketed Ranger-guided tours are given daily and are the only way to see inside the home. Reservations are available in advance.
1411 W ST SE
Washington, District of Columbia 20020
202-426-5961
http://www.nps.gov/frdo

 

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