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The Bicentennial Search for Frederick Douglass’s Birthplace

The Bicentennial Search for Frederick Douglass’s Birthplace

A historic marker at the end of the MD Route 328 bridge over Tuckahoe River commemorates Douglass and his birthplace. But the historic marker is 6 miles off. A local historian matched places named in Douglass’s autobiographies with local land records, newspapers, and other sources. He published his conclusion about the birthplace in a 1985 bio of Douglass.

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

Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Park and Birthplace

The Star-Democrat newspaper incorrectly reported that the location of Douglass’s birthplace is not precisely known. In fact, you can stand within 30 yards of the exact site of the cabin where Douglass was born, and where he was raised by his grandmother, Betsy Bailey.​

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The black blacksmith with a bellowy laugh

The black blacksmith with a bellowy laugh

In West Denton … there were two blacksmith Shops serving the farmers and residents of the area. One was operated by a Negro named Walter Moore … I doubt if any kingdom ever fell because Walter’s nails came loose.

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