Abolitionist Frederick Douglass was honored Tuesday as a new outdoor exhibit was unveiled in Talbot County. The Frederick Douglass Park on the Tuckahoe features three outdoor educational exhibits, not far from where the Eastern Shore native was born.
From WMDT’s website:
“This beautiful place inspired this incredible human being to rise up from his circumstances, to go farther than he ever thought he could go,” says Cassandra Vanhooser, the Director of Economic Development and Tourism for Talbot County.
“It adds to not just the community here but the state to further understand the impact of a native Marylander, a man from Talbot County, who once was held in bondage here,” says Maryland Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford.
The exhibits detail the life of Douglass, who – born into slavery – taught himself to read and write, and escaped to New York City in 1838. Douglass went on to become a
world-renowned abolitionist, author, public speaker, and life-long human rights activist.
The ceremony took place on September 1st, the same day the State announced the Second Annual International Underground Railroad Month.
The Talbot County Department of Economic Development and Tourism encourages residents and visitors to submit ideas for future expansion of the park.
The event was live-streamed on Facebook by The Avalon Theater, and can be viewed on the Escape to Talbot County Facebook page.
For more information on the Frederick Douglass Park on the Tuckahoe, see VisitMaryland.org.