Following in His Footsteps:
Maryland's Frederick Douglass Driving Tour
Frederick Douglass, Maryland's famed abolitionist, writer, and orator
Kayakers explore the upper reaches of Tuckahoe Creek, a tributary of the Choptank River.
Frederick Douglass in Annapolis: an Inspirational Orator
Tour the Maryland State House to see the painting of Gen. George Washington resigning his commission. In June of 1874, Douglass recited Washington’s resignation speech from memory in the Old Senate Chamber, lending it all of his exceptional oratorical power. See forensic sculptures of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman in the Old House of Delegates Chamber and learn about the abolishment of slavery in Maryland on November 1, 1864. Experience Frederick Douglass’s remarkable legacy at the nearby Banneker-Douglass Museum, Maryland’s repository of African-American history and culture, in the former Mount Moriah African-American Methodist Episcopal Church.
Frederick Douglass in Baltimore: Finding Empowerment and Self Liberation
Walk the streets of the Fells Point National Historic District. Now home to boutiques, galleries, restaurants, and pubs, Fells Point was a bustling port when Douglass was sent to live here as a boy of just 8 years. Visit Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park, which chronicles the saga of Frederick Douglass’s life in Baltimore. Here he taught himself to read, developed a trade as a ship caulker, met his wife, and eventually escaped to freedom.
Explore Douglass Row, where in 1892, he constructed five brick rowhomes as rental properties for African Americans. Visit the nearby President Street Station, where Douglass escaped slavery in 1838 at age twenty by disguising himself and boarding a train heading to Philadelphia.
Just up the street, you’ll find the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture. Nearby, experience the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum with 100 life-size wax figures, and see the Frederick Douglass Statue at Morgan State University.
Frederick Douglass In And Around The Nation’s Capital: His Tireless Struggle for Inclusion
Start your visit at the University of Maryland College Park’s Frederick Douglass Square and Statue and the Hornbake Library, home to the "Frederick Douglass: Scholarship and Legacy" exhibit. A short drive away, tour the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site and travel to the National Museum of African American History and Culture. You can view a life-sized bronze statue of Frederick Douglass on a street lined with statues in National Harbor, Maryland.
Plan an extended weekend to take in the Frederick Douglass Driving tour. Spend a night in Easton or St. Michaels, see Annapolis and Baltimore the next day and on your third day, head to the Washington, D.C. area for the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site and the National Museum of African-American History and Culture.
To immerse yourself in the landscape of Frederick Douglass’s birth, go to Tuckahoe State Park and rent a canoe or kayak to paddle the Tuckahoe Creek, a flooded woodland.