“Tuckahoe”

by Robert Durwood Madison In observance of Black History Month, we’re publishing Tuckahoe, a cycle of poems which beckon us to learn more about Frederick Douglass’s life and times – and to Stand in the Place. Robert Madison wrote: “By

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The Bicentennial Search for Frederick Douglass’s Birthplace

We updated our map app that shows clues in the Search for Frederick Douglass’s Birthplace.  See the full-size app here.

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Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Park and Birthplace

An open letter to the Editor, Times-Record Mr. Polk, ​I  would like to point out a couple of inaccurate ideas about Frederick Douglass’s birthplace which are presented in your article, Douglass Park opens on bicentennial, in the Times-Record, February 21.

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The true reason why Frederick Douglass gave his heart to Anna Murray

Rosetta Douglass Sprague wrote in the memoir about her mother, Anna Murray Douglass, that young Frederick Bailey “gave his heart” to Anna Murray, and she “sympathized with him and she devoted all her energies to assist him” to escape slavery

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Meet the young black woman from Caroline County who helped Frederick Douglass escape

She was born free in Caroline County.  He was born across the river in Talbot, enslaved. They followed separate paths to Baltimore.  Anna met Frederick for the first time at the city wharves.  He was 19, she was 24. Frederick

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Who made you free?

Who made you free, young Alexander? Your enslaved father? Your freed mother? How were you free, Alexander? Free to sit beside the Tuckahoe, read holy books and toss pebbles into the water, listen to Aunt Hester’s screams on the other side? Free

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Kentucky Ravine and Muddy Shore

The Search for Frederick Douglass’s Birthplace Markers in the Landcape Douglass wrote: “The old cabin, with its rail floor and rail bedsteads upstairs, and its clay floor downstairs, and its dirt chimney, and windowless sides, … was MY HOME–the only

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Aunt Bettie’s Lot and Cabin

The Search for Frederick Douglass’s Birthplace Markers in the Landcape Douglass wrote: “[My life] began in the family of my grandmother and grandfather, Betsey and Isaac Baily. They were quite advanced in life, and had long lived on the spot

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Levi Lee’s Mill

The Search for Frederick Douglass’s Birthplace Markers in the Landcape   Douglass wrote: “Down in a little valley, not far from grandmammy’s cabin, stood Mr. Lee’s mill, where the people came often in large numbers to get their corn ground. 

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Aaron Anthony’s Holme Hill Farm

The Search for Frederick Douglass’s Birthplace Markers in the Landcape   Douglass wrote: “As I grew larger and older, I learned by degrees the sad fact, that the “little hut,” and the lot on which it stood, belonged not to

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